Sunday, March 12, 2017
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Chicago Bulls travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Sunday, March 12, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 8 point favorites.
Free $60 in Member NBA Picks No Obligation Click Here
The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 31-34. They are 5th in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.2 as they are averaging 102.1 points per game while giving up 103.3 per contest. The Celtics have an overall record of 41-25. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 107.6 points per game and surrendering 105.5, good for a point differential of 2.1.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 23.7 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 6.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Dwyane Wade averages 18.9 points per game in 30.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.9 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
For expert handicapping advice on this matchup and other NBA games check out our handicapping tips.
Al Horford averages 14 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 4.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Isaiah Thomas averages 29.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 6.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 91%.
Chicago averages 102.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.17 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 46.2 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per game which ranks them 3rd and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 13.2 per game. The Bulls allow 103.3 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 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.7 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 24 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 13 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league.
Boston averages 107.6 points per game this year which ranks them 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.08 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 17th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 41.5 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per contest which ranks them 27th and 3rd respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 25th with 13 per game. The Celtics allow 105.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.8 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. The Celtics force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Bulls have an offensive rating of 107.2 and a defensive rating of 108.4. In terms of pace they average 94.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 24% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions and they force 12 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Celtics rating on offense is 111 and they have a defensive rating of 108.9. They get 96.5 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 31-34-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 24-41-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 33-31-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 30-35-1 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
No key injuries to report
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/11/17 G James Young Tailbone "?" Sunday vs. Chicago
Tony's Pick: Take Boston -8
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of Today's Free NBA Picks
Get all of Today's 100% Profit Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks