Thursday, February 16, 2017
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The Boston Celtics head to United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, February 16, 2017. The opening line for this game has Boston as 6 point favorites.
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The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 36-19. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.8 as they are averaging 108.4 points per game while giving up 105.6 per contest. The Bulls have an overall record of 27-29. They currently are 3rd in the Central Division. They are averaging 102.1 points per game and surrendering 102.8, good for a point differential of -0.7.
Al Horford comes into this game averaging 14.8 points per contest while playing 33.1 minutes per night so far this year for the Celtics. He pulls down 6.7 rebounds per contest and dishes out 5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%. Isaiah Thomas averages 29.8 points per game in 34.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.3 assists per contest and 2.6 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
Jimmy Butler averages 24.4 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per contest this year for the Bulls. He grabs 6.3 rebounds per game and has 4.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 87%. Dwyane Wade averages 19.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.5 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
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Boston averages 108.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.73 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 15th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 41.4 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per game which ranks them 27th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 26th with 12.7 per game. The Celtics allow 105.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.6 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 22.7 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Chicago averages 102.1 points per game this year which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 27th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 29th in the NBA. They average 46.4 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per contest which ranks them 2nd and 20th respectively. In the turnover department the Bulls rank 19th with 13.5 per game. The Bulls allow 102.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 22nd and 20th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 24 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. The Bulls force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA.
The Celtics have an offensive rating of 112.2 and a defensive rating of 109.3. In terms of pace they average 96 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Bulls rating on offense is 107.2 and they have a defensive rating of 107.9. They get 94.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 24% of their shot attempts. Chicago turns the ball over on 12.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 29-24-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 29-26-0 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 27-29-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 21-35-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
02/14/17 F Jaylen Brown Hip doubtful Wednesday vs. Philadelphia
02/08/17 PG Avery Bradley Achilles out indefinitely
01/09/17 G James Young Ankle out indefinitely
Chicago Bulls Injuries
02/15/17 G Dwyane Wade Wrist "?" Thursday vs. Boston
02/15/17 F Nikola Mirotic Back expected to miss
02/15/17 F Paul Zipser Ankle expected to miss
Guy's Pick: Take Boston -6
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