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NBA odds: Boston at Chicago

The Chicago Bulls welcome the Boston Celtics to town Wednesday night looking to improve on their 5-1 ATS record in their last six versus the Celtics in a possible playoff preview.

Boston and Chicago last clashed back on January 8 when the Bulls hammered the Celtics 90-79 as a 2-point home favorite. Derrick Rose poured in 36 points for the Bulls in the win, while Paul Pierce led Boston with 21 points.

View Boston vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Bulls in this one will find them as 4.5-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 179. The best Boston Celtics point spread Thursday morning was at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 11-rated Celtics taking on the No. 2-rated Bulls in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 102-100 win for the Bulls on Thursday, which would be a Boston cover.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 2-rated squad against Boston's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 17 in the league with 6.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 5.1 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 90.4 points per game when on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in home scoring.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 99-82 winner as they battled the 76ers at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston earned a 99-82 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday, getting 18 points from Paul Pierce at TD Garden.

Chicago won its last outing, a 97-94 result against the Suns on April 5. The Bulls failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite, while the 191 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bulls grabbed a 97-94 win over the Suns on Tuesday, behind a 19-point effort from Derrick Rose at United Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Celtics at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Boston's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Boston's last 16 games when playing Chicago
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Chicago is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games at home
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston home to Washington, Friday, April 8
Chicago at Cleveland, Friday, April 8

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