It is the second game of a three-game road trip for the Celtics. The Celtics will be the popular choice in NBA betting in this game since the Bulls continue to struggle.
Basketball betting has this being the second game of a six-game homestand for the Bulls. It really doesn’t matter that Chicago is at home though as they have proven they can lose to anyone, even at home. Earlier this week they lost to New Jersey at home and that is as bad as it gets in basketball betting. The Celtics have already defeated the Bulls once this season and last year they won two of three against the Bulls. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 22.3 points per game last season against Chicago. In the earlier basketball betting game between the two teams, the Bulls were blown out in Boston by a score of 118-90. Overall, the Celtics have won six of the last ten against Chicago and they are 5-4-1 against the NBA betting odds in those games.
There is a huge basketball betting trend on the total in this game. When Boston and Chicago meet the games go over the total. Nine of the last ten in this series have gone over in basketball betting including five in a row. In some respects that doesn’t make a lot of sense since the Celtics are strong defensively and the Bulls weak on offense, but those are the NBA betting trends.
The time to take Boston in basketball betting is when they are on the road. They have a winning record versus the basketball betting odds on the road while they have a losing record versus the number at home. The Celtics win with defense and that works very well on the road in basketball betting. Boston is the top defensive team in the league.
There is not much to like about Chicago in basketball betting. The Bulls have one of the worst records in the league versus the NBA betting line and it hasn’t mattered whether they are home or on the road. The team simply can’t score enough points to win consistently in basketball betting and their defense is nothing special. It may not be long before head coach Vinny Del Negro is looking for another job.