Although at times it might be hard to remember, there’s more to the Eastern Conference than just the Miami Heat. This Tuesday, two of the NBA’s next biggest contenders will get a chance to showcase their abilities in a primetime opportunity. Get NBA odds for when the Chicago Bulls host the Boston Celtics today.
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Plus-.500 and hungry to climb the NBA standings, the Celtics and Bulls have the tools to contend in the East. Even without key cogs from previous contending programs (Derrick Rose, Ray Allen, etc.), each look poised to factor into the playoff picture once again.
When the two teams collide in a mid-December regular season match, fans, critics and oddsmakers alike will get the chance to see how the two stack up against each other. Neither Chicago nor Boston are strangers to the top of the NBA futures. With a few big wins against opponents as capable as each other, it’s not out of the question to expect either to eventually rise.
For the regular season win leader in the conference, it’s been Joakim Noah keeping it all on track. The Bulls have been slowed by the absence of their point guard Rose, but Noah has kicked off the 2012-13 campaign at an All-Star level.
Whether that will be enough to get Chicago past a desperate veteran ball club like the Celtics remains to be seen.
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