The dyed green waters of the Chicago River are fading three weeks after St. Patrick’s Day, but a different type of green worn by the Boston Celtics is not fading at all, as they visit the Windy City in a pivotal showdown vs. the Bulls tonight at 9:30ET. The game can be seen as the second half of Thursday nights TNT doubleheader.
Boston has been steady as you go, slowly but surely, rising in the standings with the playoffs looming. That quest was interrupted last night by the equally hot San Antonio Spurs who beat the Celtics 87-86 in Beantown. In that one, Avery Bradley came off the bench to lead the Celts with 19 points. Paul Pierce had 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo pitched off 11 assists and stole the ball 4 times. Start your NBA Betting action on Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls game.
Give Boston some credit for coming back from a 17 point deficit, albeit, to come up one point short after March Eastern Conference Player of the Month, Paul Pierce missed a tough jumper as time expired. Ray Allen was back in the lineup after being out the previous seven games. It was an unremarkable return given his 5 points in 34 minutes. Prior to the loss to San Antonio, Boston had won 5 straight games. They are 30-23 on the season, but just 11-14 in road contests.
Chicago is coming off back to back losses for the first time this year. It marks the first time in 86 regular season games Chicago has lost two in a row. They lost badly, in what could have been a preview of the NBA Finals, to Oklahoma City on Sunday 92-78.
They followed that up by falling apart at home and losing to the Houston Rockets 99-93 on Monday. In that one, they led by 13 points in the third quarter. Luol Deng had 24 points and Carlos Boozer had a double, double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bulls continue to lead the Eastern Conference by 2 games over Miami. Derrick Rose, who has missed the last 11 contests, is a game time decision. Should he return, the matchup between him and Rajon Rondo will be worth the price of admission in itself. Check the Sportsbook Odds for Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls game.
Chicago and Boston have split the first two games of this years series. The Bulls are a 6 point home favorite on a $110/$100 money line. The same moneyline applies for the over/under of 176.5 points.
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