Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 3/31/14
Boston Celtics (23-49) at Chicago Bulls (40-32)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -11 -- Over/Under: 181 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, CSNC
The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics will play for the third and final time this season when they meet on Monday. The Bulls have won the first two meetings, including a 107-102 victory on Sunday.
The Boston Celtics have lost four straight and nine of their last 10 games. On the season, the Celtics average 95.6 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 99.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Scoring hasn’t been the Celtics strength at all this season, as they’re ranked 27th in the league, however, they have scored more than 100 points in four of their last seven games. The problem is the Celtics have lost three of their last four games when topping 100 points, as Boston rather play a game in the 90s. The Boston Celtics are 36-35-1 ATS overall and 20-15 ATS on the road.
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The Chicago Bulls have won four of their last six games, as they’re fighting the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the East. On the season, the Bulls average 92.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allow 91.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. The Bulls continue to rely on stingy defense and have held eight of their last nine opponents to 97 or less points. Offensively, point guard D.J. Augustine is coming off a 33-point performance in the win over the Celtics. The Chicago Bulls are 35-37 ATS overall and 18-19 ATS at home.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Celtics are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
With both teams playing one another on Sunday and the lack of offense from the Bulls, I like the Celtics chances of keeping this game close. Neither team is a scoring machine and considering they're playing on zero days rest, I'll gladly take Boston and the double digits.