Free NBA Pick: Celtics vs Bulls Lines
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Date: Thursday October 27
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total: Off
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This will be the first game of the season for Chicago, which has remade itself by saying goodbye to the likes of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah…
…and hello to Dwayne Wade of course.
Boston also has a different look with Al Horford. They are jumping into the season with this game the second of a back to back.
The outlook for the Celtics is very promising this season but I am refusing to buy into the hype.
This is being written before their opener against Brooklyn which should be an easy win and likely won’t reveal much.
I like the addition or Horford but he is a complimentary player. Consistent production is his thing but there will be an adjustment period.
Even with Horford I wonder about the offense of this team. Isaiah Thomas is fun to watch but I am not sure where they get high quality scoring opportunities from when he is on the floor.
Plus their two’s are not very big making them very small in the backcourt when he is out there.
Rumour has it that Terry Rozier is looking good after a bad rookie season. If that is the case that kind of just proves the point above about size. Is he going to score enough to offset any disadvantage?
Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk are not going to suit up. Those are two rotational players from a year ago.
The Bulls have finally moved on from Derrick Rose, but it is much more than that as they no longer have Noah or Pau Gasol up front either. For better or worse this is Jimmy Butler’s team.
Butler is the only returning starter but with Wade returning home he has talent around him. Rounding out the starting lineup will be Robin Lopez, Taj Gibson and the mercurial Rajon Rondo – who actually led the NBA in assists a year ago.
I don’t know whether all of those pieces fit together because they lack great outside shooting with that first unit. That means that Doug McDermott might be as key to the season as any of the players already mentioned. He will have to loosen defenses up.
He is not a shooter per se but they will also be counting on top pick Denzel Valentine, one of the most versatile college players in recent memory. I like him to play some PG minutes in a bigger lineup.
This is going to be one of the more interesting teams to watch and see how it comes together.
Banking on Butler seems like the smart move for Chicago, he has raised his scoring every season he has been in the league and at 20.9 a year ago I expect another increase.
The question is whether it will be enough to keep this team competitive.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Under is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 overall.
- Under is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 road games.
- Bulls are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Bulls last 5 overall.
- Under is 18-6-2 in Bulls last 26 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
I don’t know if the Bulls are going to “work” but this is their opener and they are at home against a team on their first back to back. I have to think they win the game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: No line currently available
The number will be interesting. Nothing posted yet but I expect the Bulls to be small favourites and good value.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Chicago 99 – Boston 94
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