Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (19-15) at Chicago Bulls (21-12)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls play host to the Boston Celtics tonight at the United Center.
The Celtics will be looking for a win after losing three of their last four including a 99-94 home loss to the Pistons last night. Isaiah Thomas led the team in scoring with 22 points and 10 assists but shot just six of 22 from the field, Evan Turner added 17 points while Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder added 16 points each, but it still wasn't enough to get past the Pistons as the Celtics shot just 37 percent from the field. The Celtics have been in a bit of a slump but looked set for a win until their defense failed them in a 33-19 fourth quarter dominated by the Pistons. With the loss, Boston falls to 19-16 on the season and 9-10 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls will be going for a sixth straight win tonight after taking down the Bucks in a 117-106 win on Tuesday. Jimmy Butler led the way with 32 points and 10 assists, Pau Gasol added 26 points while Derrick Rose had 16 as the Bulls shot a sizzling 55 percent from the field to pull away from the Bucks late and improve to 21-12 on the season and 15-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Celtics are 6-14-2 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall and 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.
The Celtics haven't been in the best of form but are still able to pull off the upset, but there's just no backing against the Bulls with Butler playing this well. Take Chicago to win and cover the spread at home against the Celtics playing on the second night of a back-to-back set.