It seems like forever ago when the Boston Celtics were in a 2-0 hole to the Boston 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.
- 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 they’ve 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 1-of-10 threes on Wednesday and is just 5-for-31 from downtown over the past four games.
When these teams meet in Illinois, UNDER bettors are profiting. In the last Celtics’ last nine trips to Chicago, the UNDER is 7-2 including both Games 3 and 4.