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NBA odds preview - Bulls vs. Celtics

Chicago BullsBoston Celtics
Feb 12, 3:30 PM | TD Garden

Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Odds

23-6TEAM RECORD14-12

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Boston and Chicago on Sunday, with the host Celtics trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

The Celtics sit at 14-12 (12-14 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bulls are currently 23-6 (18-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Boston is 10-16 OU, and Chicago is 15-14 OU.

View Chicago vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Celtics as 3.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 176, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics - Bulls odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 17 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 2. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-94 win for the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 26-ranked offense (90 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 86.9 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, less than the Bulls have managed so far this season (46.5% on average).

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 89.9 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Chicago won its last outing, a 95-64 result against the Bobcats on February 10. The Bulls covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite, while the 159 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bulls blew out Charlotte on Friday, running up the score in a 95-64 win at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Last time out for Boston, they were an 86-74 loser as they battled the Raptors on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 160 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston got 17 points from Kevin Garnett but lost anyway 86-74 against the Raptors on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Sacramento are 3-7
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Bulls at Celtics trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Boston's last 15 games at home
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Sacramento, Tuesday, February 14
Boston home to Detroit, Wednesday, February 15

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