Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics 4/26/2017 Free Game 5 NBA Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 4/25/2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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The Chicago Bulls head to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Game 5 of their Playoff series. The series is tied 2-2. The opening line for this game has Boston as 8 point favorites.
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The Bulls finished the regular season with an overall record of 41-41. They were 4th in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 0.5 as they averaged 102.9 points per game while giving up 102.4 per contest. The Celtics had a regular season record of 53-29. They finished the year 1st in the Atlantic Division. They averaged 108.0 points per game and surrendered 105.4, good for a point differential of 2.6.
Valuable Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 42-40-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 32-50-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 40-40-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 38-42-2 against the over/under
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
04/21/17 PG Rajon Rondo Thumb out indefinitely
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
Robin Lopez comes into this game averaging 10.4 points per contest while playing 28 minutes per night so far this year for the Bulls. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per contest and dishes out 1 assist per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 72%. Jimmy Butler averages 23.9 points per game in 37 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.5 assists per contest and 6.2 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%.
Isaiah Thomas averages 28.9 points per game while playing 33.8 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 2.7 rebounds per game and has 5.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 91%. Avery Bradley averages 16.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.1 rebounds per contest and 2.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 102.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.43 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 46.3 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 2nd and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 19th with 13.5 per game. The Bulls allow 102.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 5th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.2 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 23.6 assists per contest which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 108 points per game this year which ranks them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.63 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 16th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 42 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per contest which ranks them 26th and 3rd respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 22nd with 13.3 per game. The Celtics allow 105.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.5 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The Celtics force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the NBA.
The Bulls have an offensive rating of 107.4 and a defensive rating of 107. In terms of pace they average 95.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 26% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Celtics rating on offense is 111.1 and they have a defensive rating of 108.4. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. 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 12.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago +8
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