Thursday, January 7, 2016
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The Boston Celtics travel to United Center to play the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, January 7, 2016. The opening line for this game has Chicago as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 203.5.
The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 19-15 and a road record of 10-6. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4 as they are averaging 102.9 points per game while giving up 99 per contest. The Bulls have an overall record of 21-12 and a home record of 15-5. They currently are 2nd in the Central Division. They are averaging 102.2 points per game and surrendering 100, good for a point differential of 2.2.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 20.9 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 90%. Avery Bradley averages 14.7 points per game in 31.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 2.4 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Jimmy Butler averages 22.1 points per game while playing 37.8 minutes per contest this year for the Bulls. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per game and has 3.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Pau Gasol averages 16.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.7 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Boston averages 102.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 25th in the league. They average 53.6 rebounds per game and 23.8 assists per game which ranks them 7th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 14.9 per game. The Celtics allow 99 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.2 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 20 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 17 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Chicago averages 102.2 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 21st spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 5th in the NBA. They average 58.1 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per contest which ranks them 2nd and 9th respectively. In the turnover department the Bulls rank 13th with 14.4 per game. The Bulls allow 100 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.9 rebounds a game which ranks 29th and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. The Bulls force 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the NBA.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 19-14-1 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 15-18-1 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 14-19-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 15-18-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
01/05/16 PG Avery Bradley Hip is downgraded to expected to miss 2 games
01/05/16 PG Isaiah Thomas Thumb probable Wednesday vs. Detroit
01/04/16 G R.J. Hunter Shoulder "?" Wednesday vs. Detroit
Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/22/15 C Joakim Noah Shoulder expected to miss 2 weeks
09/26/15 G Mike Dunleavy Back out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago
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