Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics
Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+8.5)
The Boston Celtics (31-26) play the Chicago Bulls (23-33) at TD Garden on Monday. The spread on this matchup has Boston as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 222.5.
The Chicago Bulls faced the Cleveland Cavaliers and earned the victory with a final of 106-96 in their last contest. Chicago ended the game with a 50.0% FG percentage (41 out of 82) and converted 16 of their 40 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Bulls buried 8 of their 9 tries for a percentage of 88.9%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 38 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 30 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 10 turnovers and having 6 steals. With regard to the defense, Chicago let their opponent shoot 44.3% from the field on 39 of 88 shooting. Cleveland distributed 27 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, Cleveland totaled 44 rebounds (11 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Cleveland finished 85.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of 7 attempts. They buried 12 of 30 tries from three-point range.
Nikola Vucevic is one player who played a role in this game. He ended up scoring 25 points on 10 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 32:48 mins and totaled 7 boards. Vucevic finished 58.8% from the floor and totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Bulls was Patrick Williams. He collected 4 rebounds in his 27:17 min played. He finished the contest at 83.3% from the field for the game by going 5-of-6 (12 points). When the time ran out, Williams accounted for 3 assists.
Chicago comes into this one with a record of 23-33 so far this season. The Bulls are connecting on 37.0% on 3-pointers (697 of 1,885) and 80.2% from the charity stripe. They average 112.2 points per game (17th in basketball) while going 48.0% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.1 fouls per game. As a unit, Chicago is snagging 44.6 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,495 assists so far this year, which is 5th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Bulls are able to force 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.1 personal fouls. They are 11th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,360 relinquished for the year. The Bulls defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.7% (724 of 1,015) and they surrender 42.1 boards per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 20th in the league in PPG from their opponents (113.5).
When they last played, the Boston Celtics went home victorious with a score of 119-114 when they faced the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics recorded 31 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards totaling 45 for the game. They also turned it over 9 times, while earning 9 steals in the game. The Warriors committed 23 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 20 shots. They were able to bury 16 of them for a clip of 80.0%. In reference to 3-point shots, Boston converted 15 out of 46 attempts (32.6%). In all, the Celtics went 44 for 94 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.8%. The Celtics permitted the Warriors to bury 41 out of 80 attempts from the field which had them shooting 51.3% in the game. They wrapped up this game 42.5% from 3-point land by going 17 out of 40 and ended up shooting 15 out of 20 at the free throw line (75.0%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Boston permitted Golden State to get 40 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics in this contest. He buried 16 out of 25 in this game for a rate of 64.0%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. Tatum scored 44 points in his 39:50 minutes of playing time and had 3 assists in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Boston was Kemba Walker. He ended up finishing with 3 dimes in his 38:24 mins on the court, and he knocked down 9 out of 20 from the floor. Walker finished going 45.0% from the field and also earning 26 points and 8 rebounds.
Boston has a mark of 31-26 this year. When it comes to offense, the Celtics are shooting 47.0% from the floor, which ranks 12th in the NBA. Boston has accounted for 6,423 pts for the campaign (112.7 per contest) and they grab 44.2 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 23.4 times per game (23rd in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest. The Celtics are committing 20.5 personal fouls every game and they go 77.1% from the free throw line. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 10th in basketball in points given up per game with 110.5. They have given up 23.7 dimes and 42.2 rebounds per game, which is 7th and 7th in the league. The Boston defense concedes 37.2% from downtown (738 of 1,986) and opponents are converting on 77.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 14.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.3% from the floor (13th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-8.5)
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