Thursday, October 27, 2016
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The Boston Celtics travel to United Center to play the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The opening line for this game has Boston as 3 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 210.5.
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The Celtics had an overall record of 48-34 and a road record of 20-21 last season. They were 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They had a point differential of 3.2 as they averaged 105.7 points per game while giving up 102.5 per contest. Boston was 10-6 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 31-21. They were 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Bulls had an overall record of 42-40 and a home record of 26-15 last year. They were 4th in the Central Division. They averaged 101.6 points per game and surrendered 103.1, good for a point differential of -1.5. Chicago had a division record of 10-6 and a conference record of 25-27. In their last 10 games they were 6-4.
Al Horford averaged 15.2 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night last season for the Celtics. He pulled down 7.3 rebounds per game and dished out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 51% while his free throw percentage finished at 80%. Isaiah Thomas averaged 22.2 points per game in 32.2 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 6.2 assists per contest and 3 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage was 43% for the year while his free throw percentage was 87%.
Jimmy Butler averaged 20.9 points per game while playing 36.9 minutes per contest last year for the Bulls. He grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game and had 4.8 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 45% and his free throw percentage finished at 83%. Dwyane Wade averaged 19 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds per contest and 4.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 46% and his free throw percentage was 79%.
Boston averaged 104.9 points per contest last season which ranked them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 2.5 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shot 33% which was good for 29th in the league. They averaged 53.8 rebounds per game and 23.9 assists per game which ranked them 5th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 12th with 13.8 per game. The Celtics allowed 102.4 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 13th in the league. They also allowed a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 8th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 55.5 rebounds a game which ranked 28th and they gave up 21 assists per contest which put them in 7th place in the league. They forced 16.3 turnovers per game which ranked them 2nd in the league.
Chicago averaged 101.6 points per game last year which ranked them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin was -1.5 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 5th in the NBA. They averaged 54.9 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per contest which ranked them 3rd and 10th respectively. In the turnover department the Bulls ranked 13th with 13.9 per game. The Bulls allowed 103.1 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 15th in the league. They also allowed a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 10th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 54.1 rebounds a game which ranked 25th and they gave up 22.5 assists per contest which put them in 19th place in the league. The Bulls forced 11.9 turnovers per game which ranked them 29th in the NBA.
The Celtics averaged 104 points per game on the road last season and they scored 93 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -0.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was -10 per contest. The Celtics had an offensive rating of 106.8 and a defensive rating of 103.6 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 49%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Boston turned the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they forced 14.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 49%.
The Bulls scored 101.8 ppg at home and they averaged 113.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of 6 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of 1.6 points per game. The Bulls rating on offense was 105 and they had a defensive rating of 106.5. They got 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempted 3 pointers on 24% of their shot attempts. Chicago turned the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 10.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 49%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics were 41-39-2 against the spread last year
The Boston Celtics were 39-42-1 against the over/under last year
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls were 35-46-1 against the spread last year
The Chicago Bulls were 39-41-2 against the over/under last year
Boston Celtics Injuries
10/25/16 PG Marcus Smart Ankle out indefinitely
10/22/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder out indefinitely
Chicago Bulls Injuries
10/26/16 F Nikola Mirotic Back probable Thursday vs. Boston
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago
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