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Downtrodden Bulls are on the Ropes in Game 6

It seems like forever ago when the Boston Celtics were in a 2-0 hole to the Chicago Bulls two games into their Eastern Conference first-round series, as the Celts have rallied the troops and collected three straight wins in the process. It’s do-or-die time for Chicago with Game 6 on tap in the Windy City tonight, and sportsbooks opened the Bulls as 2-point home underdogs with a total of 204.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Celtics' last 16 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Bulls' last 10 games.
  • The Celtics are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games on the road against the Bulls.

After road teams won and covered through the first four games, Boston bucked that trend in Game 5 by a score of 108-97. Boston went on a 20-4 run in the fourth quarter and didn’t look back, but it was the notable absence of Jimmy Butler that allowed them to really take off. The Bulls superstar took just two shots during the Celtics’ run.

The loss of Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo has completely shifted the outlook of this series. Chicago took the first two games in Boston with Rondo in the fold but has dropped three straight without him. Rondo has already been ruled out of Game 6 with a thumb injury, which should rightly worry Bulls backers.

Boston is getting the job done with its star point guard struggling with his signature move: his 3-pointer. Isaiah Thomas made just one of 10 attempts from downtown on Wednesday and is just 5-for-31 beyond the arc over the past four games.

When these teams meet in Illinois, UNDER bettors are profiting. In the Celtics’ last nine trips to Chicago, the UNDER is 7-2 including both Games 3 and 4.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Chicago Bulls installed as 0-point in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 204.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 105-98 win for the Bulls. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Bulls bring a 43-44 record (44-43 ATS) to the battle against the 56-31 Boston Celtics, who are 44-42-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Chicago Bulls go 36-51 so far and the Boston Celtics go 40-43-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Boston injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Chicago Bulls at No. 9 and the Boston Celtics at No. 11 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 24-ranked offense averaging 102.66 PPG, against a Boston Celtics defense that ranks No. 14 at 105.02 PPG. The Chicago Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 44.42% so far, less than the Boston Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 45.41% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games
  • Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games at home
  • Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Boston

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