Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Nov 28, 2023

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An ugly road trip for the Chicago Bulls concludes with its most difficult spot when they face off against the Boston Celtics Tuesday evening

November 28, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Pointspread +12.5 -110
Moneyline +550
Over / Under o +219.5
Pointspread -12.5 -110
Moneyline -800
Over / Under u +219.5

The 5-13 Bulls have dropped all three games to start this four-game swing, with two losses by double digits and the most recent defeat by nine. The Celtics meanwhile will put their 7-0 record at home to the test. Tuesday’s the second of seven straight home games for Boston as they look to also grow their lead atop the Eastern Conference.

It’s the final round robin contest for these clubs in the In-Season Tournament. The Bulls are 0-3 in the tournament and eliminated, while Boston’s gone 2-1 and can clinch either Group C or a wild-card spot with a victory.

Tip-off at TD Garden gets started at 7:30 p.m. EST with Boston opening as a nine-point favourite and the total at 216.5 on the NBA odds.

Bulls vs. Celtics NBA Betting Odds

In eight of the last nine Bulls–Celtics clashes, it’s Chicago who’s gone 8-1 against the spread. The Bulls are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five trip to Boston too. These teams have split their last 10 contests and in the majority of those contests, the losing squad struggled to break 100 points. So far this season that points to Chicago having a tough day against Boston, as the Bulls’ 106.7 points per game ranks third-last in the NBA.

The under has gone 7-3 in the last 10 Chicago–Boston games. It’s also been five straight unders at Celtics home games overall. Eight of Boston’s last 10 games against an Eastern Conference opponent have finished under the total too.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have are a bottom-three scoring team in the NBA, making it even harder for them to stay alive when they get throttled via three-pointers like the case Sunday at Brooklyn. Chicago, who allows the second-most threes per game this season, allowed a league-high 25 threes to Brooklyn Sunday. Chicago’s now allowed at least 116 points in each of their four straight losses.

Chicago’s problem all season has been bench scoring. Their bench totalled 13 points in the loss Sunday and is right at the bottom of the NBA this season with under 500 total bench points. Veterans Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan remain 20-point-per-game guys, but the 5-13 record this season shows those two alone won’t cut it.

Boston Celtics

It’s been a top-heavy Eastern Conference through the first two months of NBA action, but Boston’s 13-4 record has them atop the conference. Boston’s latest dub came Sunday versus Atlanta as the Celtics kicked off the home stand with a 113-103 victory. With starters Kristaps Porzingis (calf) and Jrue Holiday (ankle) out of the lineup, it was of course Jayson Tatum stepping up with a game-high 34 points.

With Tuesday’s game having a little more meaning given an In-Season Tournament playoff spot looming, the status of Holiday especially becomes interesting. Holiday worked out on the court Monday according to head coach Joe Mazzulla, but Porzingis is expected to miss about a week. But then again, do the first place Celtics even need this pair to defeat Chicago?

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