NBA Playoffs: Bulls, Celtics Return to Boston
Celtics Look to Take Series First Home Win
The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics on the road in the first two games of their Eastern Conference playoff series. The Celtics returned the favor in Chicago. Now, the two teams head back to Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday, with the series tied 2-2.
Oddsmakers have the Celtics as 8-point favorites. The total is sitting at 203.
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The Bulls had a great chance to go 3-0 in the series in Game 3. Chicago was thumped 104-87 by the Cletics. The Bulls missed the injured Rajon Rondo. Rondo was great in Games 1 and 2. Chicago guard Rajon Rondo dominated his old team in Game 2. He had a decent performance in the opener as well. But his freak injury broken right thumb in the second victory, instantly changed the series. The Celtics won the two games that he missed.
With Rondo sidelined, Isaiah Canaan will make his first start of the season at point guard in Game 5. He had 13 points in 34 minutes in Game 4.
The Celtics continued a disturbing trend by being dominated 52-37 on the glass in Game 3. The Celtics were no better rebounding in Game 4 either. Boston was out-rebounded again in Game 4, but they made a much better effort The difference was only 44-41. The rest of the team stepped up to help Isaiah Thomas. Al Horford has averaged 16.5 points per game over the last two games. Gerald Green had a career playoff high 18 points in Game 4.
NBA Playoffs Betting Trends
|Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Chicago is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago’s last 9 games|
|Chicago is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road|
|Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago’s last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 8 games when playing Boston|
|Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|Boston is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|Boston is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games when playing Chicago|
|Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago|
|Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago|
The home team has yet to win in this series, but we’ll see if that changes in Game 5.
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