Basketball betting has Boston heavily favored on Thursday as they host the Chicago Bulls in a game that can be seen on TNT television.
The Celtics have won six of the last ten against Chicago but they are just 5-4-1 against the NBA betting odds in those games. Here is a look at some of the numbers and stats for this televised game on Thursday between the Bulls and Celtics.
Basketball betting is likely to be popular on Boston but the Bulls do have a chance. The Celtics have been dealing with injuries and still are without Kevin Garnett. Boston also played last night as they were in New Jersey. That doesn’t mean Chicago is a team to take in basketball betting though. Boston has won four of the last five at home against Chicago but they are just 2-3 against the NBA betting line. This season the Celtics have blown out the Bulls in two basketball betting meetings, winning 106-80 at Chicago and 118-90 in Boston.
Eight of the last nine matchups between these two teams have gone over the basketball betting total with one tie. In three games versus Boston last season, John Salmons averaged 23.7 points per game while Paul Pierce scored 22.3 points per game against Chicago.
Chicago comes into this game on a two-game winning streak but beating Minnesota and Detroit is not saying much. Chicago is 6-10 against the basketball betting odds on the road this season. The Bulls struggle on offense with only Luol Deng and Derrick Rose being consistent scorers. The Bulls are okay defensively as they rank 10th in the league but too often they just don’t get enough scoring to win in basketball betting.
Boston has been solid straight up this season but they have struggled against the basketball betting odds. The Celtics have a losing record at home versus the NBA betting line. Boston is second in the league defensively and that is the main reason they win games. Covering the basketball betting odds though is tough at times for Boston since they are just 14th in the league in scoring. Not having Garnett in the lineup definitely does not help Boston’s cause in NBA betting.
Boston has the same record at home in basketball betting as Chicago has on the road. The Celtics are 6-10 versus the basketball betting number at home this season.