Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 1/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-8)
United Center is the site where and the Chicago Bulls (7-9) will play the Boston Celtics (8-6) on Monday. Chicago opens this game as 8-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 221.5.
The Boston Celtics took the court against the Philadelphia 76ers and ended up losing by a score of 122-110 in their last game. Boston ended the game having earned a 45.6% field goal percentage (41 out of 90) and converted 12 of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Celtics buried 16 of their 20 tries for a rate of 80.0%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they collected 32 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 23 assists for the contest while getting 10 steals and 5 rejections. With respect to the defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 55.6% from the field on 45 out of 81 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 23 assists and had 9 steals for this game. On top of that, the 76ers collected 45 boards (10 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 7 blocks. Philadelphia finished the game at 83.3% from the free throw line by making 20 of 24 shots. They made 12 of 28 tries from downtown.
Jaylen Brown is one guy who was a contributor for the contest. He ended up with 42 points on 16 of 28 shooting. He was on the court for 35:50 mins played and also collected 9 boards. Brown ended up going 57.1% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this contest for the Celtics was Marcus Smart. He pulled down 3 rebounds and totaled 7 dimes. He finished 41.2% from the field in this matchup by shooting 7-of-17 (20 points). When all was said and done, Smart was on the hardwood for 39:18 min.
Boston comes into this game with a win-loss record of 8-6 this season. The Celtics are shooting 36.8% on shots from 3-point land (170 of 462) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. They average 110.6 points per contest (18th in the league) while hitting 46.7% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest and as a unit they commit 21.7 personal fouls per game. As a team, Boston is pulling down 44.1 rebounds per contest and has earned 317 assists on the year, which is 27th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Celtics are forcing 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. The Celtics defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.9% (209 of 284) and they concede 42.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 2nd in the league in allowing assists with 310 surrendered for the campaign. They are relinquishing 36.4% on shots from downtown while they are 15th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.9).
In their last game, the Chicago Bulls went home defeated by a final of 101-90 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bulls were able to corral 35 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for this contest. They stuffed 2 tries while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Lakers committed 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of those for a rate of 72.7%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Chicago made 8 of their 25 attempts (32.0%). Overall, the Bulls went 33 out of 84 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.3%. The Bulls permitted the Lakers to convert 36 of their 79 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.6% for this contest. They went 21.1% from distance by going 4 out of 19 and ended up shooting 25 out of 31 from the free throw line (80.6%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Chicago permitted Los Angeles to pull down 42 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Zach LaVine ended up being important for the Bulls for the matchup. He made 9 of 23 in this contest for a field goal rate of 39.1%, which had him sitting at 21 points. LaVine pulled down 10 boards in his 36:14 minutes of time on the court and accumulated 4 dimes for this game. Another guy who was a determining factor for Chicago was Coby White. He racked up 14 points in 32:06 mins on the court via 5 out of 13 from the floor in the game. White ended up shooting 38.5% from the field in addition to collecting 4 assists and 7 rebounds.
Chicago has a mark of 7-9 on the year. The Bulls are committing 22.0 personal fouls every game and they go 80.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.4 times per game (11th in basketball) and they are turning it over 18.1 times per game. Chicago has scored 1,857 pts this season (116.1 per game) and they collect 44.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bulls are hitting on 47.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 10th in the league. The Bulls on the defensive end are ranked 28th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 118.2. The Chicago defense concedes 36.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (214 of 583) and their opponents are knocking down 75.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 24.9 dimes and 42.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 15th and 6th in basketball. They are able to force 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (27th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (-8)
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