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NBA Odds: Bulls Battle Celtics

The Chicago Bulls will hit the floor in Boston on Friday night as they look for a win in an NBA betting matchup against the Celtics.

The Celtics have been tagged with an ATS loss in five of their last six contests against the Bulls, going 2-4 straight up in those games. The OVER/UNDER is 2-4 over the past six matchups.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics - Bulls odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 27 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 4. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 102-91 win for the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 23-ranked offense (91.9 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 85.8 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 46.9% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (45% on average).

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 95 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

Chicago was a 78-64 winner in its last match at home against the Wizards. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 142 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. John Lucas scored 25 points for Chicago on Wednesday, leading the Bulls to a 78-64 victory over Washington at United Center.

The Celtics were a 90-85 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (175) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston got 24 points from Rajon Rondo but lost anyway 90-85 against the Mavericks on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Bulls at Celtics trends to consider:
Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago home to Toronto, Saturday, January 14
Boston at Indiana, Saturday, January 14

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