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(2-2) Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics (2-2)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 5
Date: Wednesday April 26
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachussets
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -360, Bulls +300
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -8
NBA Betting Total: 202
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This series did a 180 in Chicago. Not only did the Celtics win two games to take back home court advantage but they looked like a different team. One that should breeze through these next two games into the second round.
Chicago is definitely in trouble. This is definitely one of those situations where context is everything. If they had taken two games from top seeded Boston is any other order we might be thinking they actually had a chance.
The Bulls got a big bounceback game from Jimmy Butler but it wasn’t enough with Isaiah Thomas matching him point for point in the loss. The support just wasn’t there from the rest of the team.
Butler scored 33 points but nobody else scored more than 13. Also, the Celtics made him earn it from the line – 19 made free throws – so there was little opportunity for Chicago to ever get into the flow.
Jerian Grant started the game and delivered nothing. He was only in the game for four minutes but you are expecting to get a little something from one of your starters. Plus depth is not exactly a strong suit of this team.
With grant being a no-show and Rajon Rondo out that left Isaiah Canaan and he did give them a lift. He was +11 and everyone else on the team was in theminus category so you can probably expect to see more from him in G5.
The Rondo injury really hurts but it cannot excuse the Bulls forwards from their lack of production. Robin Lopez might provide good effort but the scoring burden is all on the backcourt and it is lookin like it is too much.
As quickly as they fell down 2-0 they have righted the ship and are now tied. Iam still not sold this team has what it takes to represent the Eastern Conference but it does look they are not going to choke away this opportunity.
Even though he scored 33 points Isaiah Thomas made only one of nine from deep in the win. Usually that is the kind of shooting that sinks this team. He also had 5 turnovers so he can certainly be playing a lot better.
Give coach Brad Stevens credit for not just telling his guys to play better. In G4 he trotted out Gerald Green in the starting lineup and was rewarded with 18 points. He enables them to get more shooters on the floor but he is hardly a slam dunk for more playing time.
Kelly Olynyk also gave them good production off the bench. Even though the playoffs generally are about defense the Celtics are having some success by getting more offense into their lineup.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 7-0 in Bulls last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Celtics are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Celtics are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Under is 5-1-1 in Celtics last 7 games following a straight up win.
Free Game 5 Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
A lot can happen over the course of a few games. Even though the series is tied and they lost the first two games at home Boston is still a significant favourite heading into G5. By the numbers it is like the first 4 games never happened.
I am not saying that the number here is wrong as Boston is rolling right now and definitely seem to have the Bulls on their heels.
4* Free NBA Game 5 Betting Pick: Celtics -8
The firsst games in Boston the Bulls really took it to them but that was with a healthy Rajon Rondo and when their spirits were high. Now they are in a much tougher spot.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 111 – Chicago 98
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