The Celtics are likely to be a popular NBA betting choice in this game since they have a very talented team and it doesn’t help that the Bulls played last night.
Basketball betting heavily favors the Celtics in this game. The Bulls played their home opener last night against San Antonio so they could be a little weary for this game on Friday. The Bulls have lost 7 of the last 10 games at Boston but at least they are 5-5 against the basketball betting odds. Last year these two teams met in the playoffs and the Celtics did lose one of their playoff games at home as Chicago defeated them 105-103. The Bulls lost the other three games though but they were 2-1 against the NBA betting number in those contests.
During the regular season last year it was Boston rolling over Chicago in both NBA betting games in the Garden. The Celtics won 96-80 and 126-108. The Celtics were double-digit favorites in basketball betting in both of those games and had little trouble. That could be the case again this basketball betting season since Boston looks improved with a healthy Kevin Garnett and the addition of Rasheed Wallace. The Bulls look weaker in basketball betting without Ben Gordon leading the way. Chicago will be relying heavily on Derek Rose and they will hope that Joakim Noah finally starts to produce on a regular basis.
There is a good trend on the basketball betting total in this game. Eight of the last ten meetings between the two teams in Boston have gone over the basketball betting total. That includes five of the six basketball betting games last year.
Chicago was just a .500 team in basketball betting on the road a year ago. They will need Derek Rose to have a big year if they expect to match that record in 2009-2010. The Celtics were just barely above .500 at home in basketball betting. Those numbers could improve though this season since Garnett should be healthy. Getting Wallace is also huge as he should give Boston additional scoring.
The new look Celtics with Wallace should attract a lot of NBA betting attention this season, especially when they are at home as is the case in this contest against Chicago.