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Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls - 10/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (1-0) at Chicago Bulls (0-0)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls +2 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls play a NBA matchup Thursday night at the United Center on TNT.

The Boston Celtics look to get off to a quick 2-0 start after beating the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. The Boston Celtics are averaging 122 points on 53.9 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 25 points and nine assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 21 points and five rebounds. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is dishing six assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics look for their first 2-0 start since the 2009-10 season.

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls - 10/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Chicago Bulls hope a few offseason moves can get the franchise back to the playoffs in the second season under coach Fred Hoiberg. The Bulls said goodbye to Derrick Rose, while bringing in the household names of Dwyane Wade, Robin Lopez and Rajon Rondo. Jimmy Butler has to be thrilled to have some help this season, but there’s going to be serious questions with the Bulls spacing. Nobody on the Chicago Bulls starting five is a great outside shooter, so I have to question if there’s enough offense for this team to make a jump. Still, you can’t deny the Bulls are going to be interesting given the star power. The Chicago Bulls have won three of their last four season openers. Cristiano Felicio is questionable with a neck injury.

The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 40-17-1 ATS in their last 58 games playing on 0 days rest. The Bulls are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Celtics are 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Chicago and 7-15-2 ATS in the last 24 meetings overall. 

Playing on the end of a back-to-back this early in the season against a team that's had rest doesn't help the road team here. The Bulls are going to have a good home crowd and the overall toughness of Chicago should wear down the Celtics who just played. I like the value of the Bulls at home and the free bucket.

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