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Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 12/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (14-10) at Chicago Bulls (6-20)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Chicago Bulls +7.5 -- Over/Under:
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NBA | Boston Celtics (14-10) at Chicago Bulls (6-20)
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The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 109.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.2 points and 6.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last eight road games.

The Chicago Bulls look for another win after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 24.5 points and 4.9 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last six home games.

The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in Bulls last 7 overall. The over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 overall.

The Chicago Bulls are a better team with Markkanen back in the lineup, but that's not saying much given their struggles without their young star. The Boston Celtics are starting to win games again, and while most of their damage has come against poor teams, they're still outscoring clubs by 15.6 points in their last five games while shooting 50.2 percent from the field. The Bulls fall in the same boat as a bad team, and the Celtics moped the floor with them when they played a couple of weeks ago. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Celtics on the road.

Boston Celtics -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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