Bulls vs Celtics 1/13/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics
Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -9.5
TD Garden is the site where Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics (26-11, 1st in the Atlantic Division) will play the Chicago Bulls (14-26, 3rd in the Central Division) on Monday. The odds on this contest have Boston as 9.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 215.5.
The Bulls are covering the spread 48.7% of the time, having gone 19-20-1 ATS. Boston is covering 60.0% of the time, going 21-14-2 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/08/19 SF Otto Porter Jr. Foot is out indefinitely
01/09/20 F Wendell Carter Jr. Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
Zach Lavine averages 24.4 points per game in 34.0 minutes per contest. He averages 4.0 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%. Lauri Markkanen comes into this contest averaging 15.3 points per game while playing 30.3 minutes per night. He pulls down 6.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Jaylen Brown averages 19.9 points per game and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.8 rebounds per contest and 2.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 77%. Jayson Tatum averages 21.3 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest. He grabs 6.9 rebounds per game and has 2.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bulls allow 107.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.1 rebounds a game which ranks 25th, and they give up 24.4 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 18.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league. Chicago averages 105.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.8 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 43.3 rebounds per game and 23.0 assists per contest, which ranks them 25th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 15.3 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Celtics surrender 104.4 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 10th in those defensive statistics. They rank 8th with 23.1 assists allowed per contest, and 9th with 44.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 25th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.8 per game. Boston is 14th in the league with 111.4 points per game this year. They are 16th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.0. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.0 boards per game and 19th in assists per contest with 23.1. The Celtics are 22nd in turnovers per game with 13.9.
The Bulls are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 107.1, and their offensive rating of 105.3 is ranked 9th. They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 100 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 26th. As a unit they are 27th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA. Chicago is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 13th in the NBA.
Boston is 22nd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Celtics are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 104.8, and their offensive rating of 111.8 is ranked 4th. They are 17th in the NBA in pace with 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 15th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago +9.5
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