Bulls vs. Celtics: Offensive Talent Makes Chicago Our NBA Pick

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, January 22, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

The Chicago Bulls travel to Boston, where they will meet the Celtics at TD Garden for this 7:35 ET tip. Join us as we check the latest NBA odds for this matchup and get our NBA pick.

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NBA Pick: Bulls +4
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics 7:35PM ET
It is the 3rd meeting of the season between these teams. The first was played on this court, when Chicago, despite outshooting and outrebounding the Celtics, fell (105-100) on December 9th. On January 7th, the Bulls played a better game against the Celtics resulting in a (101-92) Chicago win, their 4th in 5 in the recent series between these two teams. Tonight, each of these teams enters on losing streaks due to a decline in their defense. Each team is also coming off a loss, two nights ago.  But, much like our Cleveland winner last night, look for the Bulls to be extremely motivated by the embarrassing loss to Golden St. in their most recent home game.

 

Betting Analysis
Through much of December, the Celtics were among the Top 3 teams in the NBA in defensive efficiency. It resulted in an 18-13 SU record. Since that time, however, Boston has gone 4-8 SU ATS, slipping to the bottom half of the defensive efficiency standings, by allowing 104.3 points per 100 possessions. As a result, the Celtics cling to the 8th spot in the Conference standings with New York, Washington, Orlando, Charlotte and Milwaukee, all within striking distance of catching the Celtics for that coveted position. But, the Celtics’ defensive nosedive is nothing compared to Chicago’s decline.  

During the coaching tenure of Tom Thibodeaux, the Bulls were always among the best defensive teams in the league. With HC Hoiberg at the controls, offense has been more of a concern. Recently, Chicago has slipped to the nadir of their discontent on the defensive side of the ball. In going 2-5 SU of late, the Bulls have allowed 109.3 points per 100 possessions. That culminated with their most recent game against Golden St. on national TV, Wednesday night. In the embarrassing (125-94) defeat, the Bulls allowed more points at home than at any time in the previous 6 years. As we saw with our bounce back winner with Cleveland last night (who lost their previous home game (132-98) to Golden St.), the embarrassment of such a defeat can be a highly motivating factor. The Bulls still cling to the critical 4th place in the Eastern Conference Playoff Queue. Yet, they know full well that if their defense does not improve, their season could soon turn into a nightmare.  

Much like Cleveland last night, I invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me with my NBA pick on the Chicago Bulls.

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