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(1-2) Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls (2-1)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 4
Date: Sunday April 23
Time: 6:30PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Boston -140, Chicago +120
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 204
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The Celtics finally got a win but they are not quite out of the woods yet. They can say they have shifted the momentum but they are still on the road and not dominating the way a top seed should.
Chicago suffers a setback in G3, losing their first game.
They also lost a player and even though Rajon Rondo hardly looked like a critical figure coming into the series he had been playing very well.
They have to get off to a good start in G4.
The Cetlics got the win but it was a wild game. They roared out to a big lead in the first quarter but have it nearly all back in the second. In the end it was a very balanced performance with no one player standing out.
That includes Isaiah Thomas. He scored only 16 points while contributing 9 assists. He seemed to be much more patient and even though he is know for his fourth quarter outbursts they didn’t need that this game.
The leading scorer was Al Horford, with 18. One of five players who scored in double figures in the win. The surprise among that group was Terry Rozier, who chipped in 11 off the bench. Rozier is one of the few players with the speed to run with IT.
A big key to the victory was the Celtic’s three point shooting. They took 37 shots from deep but when you make 46% there is no reason to be shy. 8 different players made a three pointer. Long distance shooting is always a great equalizer on the road.
It looks like Boston took a deep breath and got the win they needed last time out. They may have momentum but they are still in peril as another loss puts them down 3-1 and we know the odds are never good in coming back form that.
Chicago may still be leading 2-1 but this series has taken a big shift. Not only did they lose at home but they are going to be down a veteran piece for the the rest of this series at least. G4 will be a mental test.
Jimmy Butler was held in check in G3. He only made 1/3 of his shots, scoring 14 points and when he was on the floor the Bulls were a terrible -21. He made none of his threes and didn’t even attempt a foul shot. It was a no show.
There are some other pieces but Butler is the engine for Chicago. Wade led with 18 in the last gam ebut he simply can’t be the lead dog anymore. Even when he is playing well he can’t sustain for very long.
Even though it was a loss it was encouraging to see more from Nikola Mirotic. He made half his threes and if he gets hot they might be able to ride him for a game. Maybe. This team just needs to regroup.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
- Celtics are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Bulls are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
- Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Free Game 4 Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Momentum can be everything in sports and in this series we just saw a big shift. If Chicago is going to be in this one they can’t get their doors blown off in the first quarter like they did in G3. I might wait to see how the game looks rather than jumping in now.
This one is interesting as Boston is now back to being the favourite.
4* Free NBA Game 4 Betting Pick: Celtics -2.5
They are short favourites but that number is probably going to grow til tiptime. Takeing the Celtics is the smart money play soif you want to get down now, dont wait.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 99 – Chicago 91
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