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(1-0) Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics (0-1)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 2
Date: Friday March 25
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Boston -220, Chicago +260
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -6
NBA Betting Total: 205
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The Celtics could be in trouble it was only game one but losing at home, especially when you are the top seed in the conference can get everyone to tighten up pretty quickly. Per the preview the separation in the East is not great.
Chicago played far from a perfect game but they enter G2 with all of the pressure on their opponents. They have to be feeling pretty good especially since Dwayne Wade wasn’t even much of a contributor in the G1 victory.
The Bulls got the G1 win but nothing especially stands out about the performance. They hung in the game and made a few more plays than Boston. The former is what I expected but I did not think they would win outright.
In the last game Rajon Rondo outscored Wade. I am not sure how many times that happened, if at all, during the regular season, and more importantly how many of those games did they win. Nice on Rondo but they can also expect more from Wade.
Jimmy Butler was as advertised leading the Bulls with 30 points while also chipping in 9 rebounds. That is a level of production they can totally expect him to repeat so there is no concern there. He played like the star he is.
Even more encouraging was the play up front by the combo of Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis. Both had strong games combining for 33 points and 20 rebounds. The strength of both teams in on the perimeter but the Bulls won inside for me.
Wade didn’t do much and Nikola Mirotic did way less. Both can be better without having to play out of their mind so the chances of getting up 2-0 are actually pretty good. I had a hunch this would be a dogfight.
The Celtics laid an egg in the opener. I know the game was close but they were on their heels for long stretches and have now lost the home court advantage. The series was going to be tight and now it is even tighter.
Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points but only two others scored more than 9. You can live with IT, as good as he is, taking a lot of shots because he is more of a volume scorer than pure shooter. He also turns the ball over.
Running mate Avery Bradley may have made 4 of 10 threes but his impact on the game was not great. I don’t see him ramping up in a game making 8 of 10 so he has to do more when he is on the floor than just shoot.
Al Horford had a brilliant all around game with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The Celtics should probably play through him even more as the likes of Bradley and Thomas can always get off shots if things break down early. Boston needs to find something that they can work off of.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 6-0 in Bulls last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 6-0 in Bulls last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 Tuesday games.
- Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Celtics are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Free Game 2 Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Coming into this series I thought it was going to be really tight. With Chicago taking G1 I have no reason to doubt that prediction now. I am not saying they are going to win but…
Boston has to play better don’t they.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls +6
The Bulls can be better too so I think we will see a game that can be either team’s with three minutes to go.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 103 – Chicago 99
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