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Bulls take to the hardwood vs. Celtics

The Chicago Bulls have paid off on the NBA betting lines in eight of their last 10 games against the Boston Celtics as those teams prepare to do battle once again on Sunday.

The Bulls topped the Celtics 94-82 and covered the 5-point spread at home on the NBA odds when the Eastern Conference teams last hit the hardwood together on January 2. The UNDER has paid out in each of the last two games between the teams.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Celtics currently sport a record of 23-49, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 36-35-1 ATS. The Bulls are 40-32 and 35-37 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Celtics post a 31-41 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulls have gone 28-44 against the number.

View Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Celtics as 4.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 183.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

This game matches up the No. 18 (Celtics) and the No. 6 (Bulls) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 89-84 result in favor of the Bulls is predicted by handicapping models.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 91-74 result against the Trail Blazers on March 28. The Bulls failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 165 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bulls endured a 91-74 loss at the hands of the Trail Blazers on Friday, despite a 16-point effort from Carlos Boozer at United Center.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 105-103 loser as they battled the Raptors on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 208 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Jerryd Bayless scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 105-103 to Toronto at Air Canada Centre on Friday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 27-ranked offense (95.57 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 91.88 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 43.28% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (42.84% on average).

A few Bulls at Celtics trends to consider:
Chicago is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Chicago is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Chicago home to Boston, Monday, March 31st