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The Chicago Bulls travel to TD Garden Monday night to host the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference match. The Bulls are at the top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 5-1 and come after a 107-99 home win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. The Celtics are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and come after a 115-112 double overtime on their way to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
These teams are both expected to be in the playoffs when the season ends, so it will be interesting to see how they react to each other. Let’s take a closer look at where we need to bet.
Defender of the year?
The Boston Celtics have a decent team behind the shooting guard Jaylen Brown. Looking at his numbers so far this season, he has 26.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game in 39 minutes. Brown shoots well as he shoots 48.5 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity strip. In his final game against the Washington Wizards, Brown finished with 34 points, six rebounds, two assists, a block and a 47-minute steal. If he can be more involved in the offense, it will really help the Celtics out here.
The Boston Celtics have struggled as a defensive team as they are last in the NBA and allow 118.3 points per game. match. In their previous game against the Washington Wizards, they allowed 115 points on 38-of-104 (41.1 percent) from the floor, 10-of-36 (27.8 percent) from three-point land and 36 free throw attempts. If they can defend without making mistakes, it will help Boston avoid a 0-3 start.
Everything is LaFine now
The Chicago Bulls have completely renewed their list around the shooting guard Zach LaVine. He is dealing with a small ligament tear in his thumb that does not shoot but is expected to play its way through. Looking at his numbers this season, he averages 25.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. match. He has shot the ball well as he is 48.1 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent from the three-point row and 94.7 percent from the charity strip. In his final game against the Utah Jazz, he played 34 minutes and had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. If LaVine can continue to perform well while dealing with his injury, it will be a good sign for this Bulls team.
The Chicago Bulls are currently in fourth place in the NBA as they give 98.8 points per game. In their last game against the Utah Jazz, they allowed 99 points on 35-of-92 (38 percent) from the floor, 11-of-38 (28.9 percent) from beyond the arc and 19 free throw attempts. If they can continue to defend well, they will be in a good place.
- Boston: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs a team with a winning record
- Boston: 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games
- Chicago: 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games
- Chicago: 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games