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Celtics at Bulls 4/21/17 - NBA Playoff Picks & Predictions

Posted on 20 April 2017 by Eddie
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Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls

NBA: 7:00 PM EST

Apr. 21, 2017

Latest Odds : CHI -2 Total 207

The top-seeded Boston Celtics will look to fight their way back into their first round playoff series when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Celtics had the smallest regular season point differential of any number one seed in the last forty years entering this postseason and now find themselves in a 2-0 hole. On Tuesday, Boston seemed to quit down the stretch of a 111-97 home loss. The Celtics were never able to take the lead in the second half.

All-Star G Isaiah Thomas led five Boston players in double figures with 20 points on 6-for-15 from the field. Marcus Smart added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Celtics.

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The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls were up-and-down during the regular season, but have plenty of players with playoff experience. The Bulls have used that experience and muscle on the glass to steal the first two games of this series on the road. In Game Two, Chicago built an eight point halftime lead and wore Boston down for a 2-0 series advantage. The Bulls shot 10-for-25 from long distance and 51 percent overall.

All five Chicago starters scored in double figures, led by Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade with 22 points apiece. Rajon Rondo tallied 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds for the Bulls.

Recent Betting Trends:

Celtics are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Under is 9-3-2 in Celtics last 14 road games.

Under is 8-3 in Bulls last 11 home games.

Celtics are 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Chicago.

Free Betting Pick: Chicago Bulls -2

Both teams come into this matchup with no significant injury concerns. The Celtics were able to match the Bulls on the glass in Game Two, but appeared to lack confidence throughout the game. Take Chicago to move Boston to the brink of elimination with a win on Friday. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Bulls win and cover ATS 107-100.

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