NBA Playoffs Betting will include Boston

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

NBA Playoffs betting begins on Saturday and the Boston Celtics will be in action.

Before the playoffs start though, the Celtics have to finish up the regular season and that includes a basketball betting game on Tuesday at Chicago that can be seen on TNT television.

NBA playoffs betting will matchup Boston against Milwaukee or Miami. The Bulls could also be part of the playoff picture and this game could be a big key as to whether or not they make it.  The Celtics are currently leading the season series against Chicago 2-1. Paul Pierce is leading the Celtics with an average of 18.7 points per game. Rajon Rondo is averaging 11 points and 12.3 assists per game Luol Deng and Derrick Rose are both averaging 15.3 points per game against Boston this season.  In this series, Boston has won six of the last ten overall and they are 5-4-1 against the spread.  This season the teams have split their games at Boston while the Celtics won at Chicago earlier this season by a score of 106-80.

Boston has been far better on the road vs. the basketball betting number than at home.  The Celtics have been a very poor wager at home but on the road they are above the .500 mark.  Boston is 5th in the league on defense while they are just 19th on offense.  Boston is still a threat in NBA Playoffs betting but this is not the same Boston team that won the title a couple years ago.  Boston looks older and while they can still be effective at times, they have not been consistent.  They could struggle in the first round if they have to face Miami.  A matchup against Milwaukee would be more favorable for Boston.

Chicago is fighting to make the playoffs and even if they get in they are likely to get beat in the first round by Cleveland. The Bulls do have some talent though with players like Derek Rose and Luol Deng.  Chicago has a decent starting five with Rose, Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah and Brad Miller.  They matchup okay with Boston and in this game the incentive edge should definitely be with the Bulls as they try and get into the playoffs.  Chicago has been a team that goes under the total more than they go over and that could be the case in this game on Tuesday against Boston.

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