Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 8:00 PM (United Center)
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The Boston Celtics travel to the United Center to take on the sputtering Chicago Bulls in a eastern conference matchup. The Celtics come in fresh off a dominating 109-92 victory on the road over the Charlotte Hornets to improve their record to an impressive 23-8 on the season. The Bulls have lost two straight games, the most recent a tough back and forth loss to the Utah Jazz, losing the game 102-98 to drop to 13-22 on the season.
The Celtics bring a solid offense averaging 111.6 points per game to rank 13th in the NBA. Leading the Celtics this season has been flourishing offseason pickup, Kemba Walker. Walker averages 22.5 points per game to lead the team and adds a team high in assists with 5.2 per game. Another key contributor for the Celtics offense is forward Jayson Tatum who adds 21.3 points per game and adds 7 rebounds.
The Bulls have struggled to score the ball this season averaging only 105.7 points per game while shooting just 42.9% from the field. The Bulls are led by point guard Zach Levine who has been dominant this season scoring 23.4 points per game and adding a team high in assists with 3.9 per game. Lauri Markaden is the key to the paint for the Bulls, averaging 15.1 points per game and adding 6.7 rebounds per game.
The reason for the early success for the Celtics has been their dominant defense allowing teams to score only 103.6 points per game and ranking 1st in the NBA. The Bulls bring a top ten defense of their own allowing opponents to score only 106.8 points per game.
The Celtics and offseason pick up signing of Kemba Walker have been somewhat of a surprise team in the NBA eastern conference. The Celtics have been one of the best teams to bet on with an impressive 19-10-2 record ATS to start this season. The Bulls have been consistent at a 18-17 record ATS on the season. Seven of the last ten times these The Celtics defense combined with the Bulls sputtering offense and a solid Bulls defense will push this total under. Final score prediction, the Boston Celtics win the game but take the UNDER.