Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics NBA Picks & Predictions 4/6/2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
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The Chicago Bulls travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Friday, April 6, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 11 point favorites.
The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 27-51. They are 5th in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -6.4 as they are averaging 103.2 points per game while giving up 109.6 per contest. The Celtics have an overall record of 53-25. They currently are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 103.9 points per game and surrendering 100.1, good for a point differential of 3.8.
Valuable Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 41-35-2 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 42-36-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 48-28-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 38-38-2 against the over/under
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
04/05/18 F Paul Zipser Foot is "?" Friday vs Boston
04/02/18 G Kris Dunn Toe is out for season
03/22/18 G Zach LaVine Knee is out for season
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
10/17/17 SF Gordon Hayward Ankle is out indefinitely
03/22/18 G Kyrie Irving Knee is out indefinitely
03/12/18 F Daniel Theis Knee is out for season
03/12/18 G Marcus Smart Thumb is out indefinitely
Bobby Portis comes into this contest averaging 13.3 points per game while playing 22.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 6.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Lauri Markkanen averages 15.1 points per game in 30 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.1 assists per contest and 7.5 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Al Horford averages 12.9 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 7.3 rebounds per game and has 4.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage currently is at 77%. Jayson Tatum averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 103.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -6.42 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 44.8 rebounds per game and 23.5 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 13.8 per game. The Bulls allow 109.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 25th and 17th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.7 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 25.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 28th place in the league. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston is 19th in the league with 103.9 points per game this year. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 3.74. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 44.3 boards per game, and 20th in assists per contest with 22.2. The Celtics are 17th in turnovers per game with 14. The Celtics surrender 100.1 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 2nd and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 21 assists allowed per contest and 20th with 43.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14 per game this season.
The Bulls are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 110.6, and their offensive rating of 104.1 is ranked 10th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 29th. As a unit they are 29th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 11th in the NBA. Chicago is 23rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 4th in the NBA.
Boston is 17th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 29th in the league. The Celtics are 18th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.6, and their defensive rating of 103.7 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 95.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 16th. As a team they are 15th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 8th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston -11
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