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(41-41) Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics (53-29)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 1
Date: Sunday April 16
Time: 6:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachussets
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 207.5
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Game one can always be a little but tight for a #1 vs. #8 matchup. The top seed has everything to lose while the lower seed cam come in feeling nice and loose. This can be especially true here as both teams are in spots they might not have expected.
The number has already dropped a little from its opener and that follows what I think for the series which should be a Boston win but the individual games might be pretty close. I am not expecting the Bulls to take G1.
The Bulls approach to winning this game and the series is simple. They have to let their stars be stars. That means we might see 50% of their shots hoisted by Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. For better or worse.
The strategy is sound, at least when it comes to Butler. Still one of the more underrated players in the league he can easily play more than 40 minutes and put up good numbers. He can mix it up too scoring inside and out.
Wade is not made for that at this point in his career. However, I do think he has one superlative performance in him and when that comes out Chicago will win the game. If it is in the opener perhaps they steal the early advantage.
Nikola Mirotic could also help them steal one with his outside shooting. If he is on he maked Butler and Wade that much more dangerous but beyond that he does not provide much. If it is not falling they have to get him out of there.
The Bulls are an interesting mix of yound and old. Rajon Rondo can still play even if his game has not grown as a pro and youngster Bobby Portis might be a future star. With a better coach I would have more confidence in this group.
Boston has to like their chances in a wide open Eastern Conference. They would not be my favourite to represent the East but they are definitely in the group of teams that has a shot. It all start now.
Per the series preview, if the Celtics are going to get it done it is going to require more than just a superlative performace from Isaiah Thomas. He was money late in games throughout the season but the gameplans will be slicker this time of year.
Al Horford’s production during the regular season was nothing special. Now is the time he can prove his worth by giving them some scoring inside and outside. They might want to feature him because he will not have to be using too much energy against Brook Lopez.
Rookie Jaylen Brown is also a player I expect to be valuable. He is probably the best defender they have for Butler which is the most critical matchup for the series. He is inexperienced but his athleticism might overcome that.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 4-0-1 in Celtics last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Free Game 1 Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
I am not expecting a great flow to this one. Coach Brad Stevens mastered the art of winning ugly and in the NBA playoffs there are no extra points for style. That won’t endear him to backers though. Lowscoring games make it easier for underdogs to stay in the game.
I am expecting Jimmy Butler to be the best player on the floor but it won’t be enough for the Bulls.
4* Free NBA Game 1 Betting Pick: Chicago +7.5
He will score more than 30 and keep Chicago in it till the final few posessions
NBA Free Score Game 1 Prediction: Boston 96 – Chicago 90
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