|NBA Bulls vs. Celtics Picks & Predictions for Friday, January 18, 2013|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Friday, 18 January 2013 15:30|
Bulls vs. Celtics NBA Free Pick
BOSTON, MA (ATS Consultants) – The Bulls have won two straight, which includes a win over the Raptors on Wednesday in overtime. Will Chicago continue its hot play when it visits the Celtics at 7:00PM ET tonight?
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Celtics as 3.5-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 181.5 points. Chicago enters play with a 22-15 overall record while Boston is 20-18 on the year.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Celtics opened as 3-point favorites while the spread has been bet up to 3.5, while the total has been bet down slightly from 182 to 181.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 51% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Bulls. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Boston. According to latest NBA trends, Chicago is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games following a S.U. win and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Boston is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, favorite is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Boston looks to end the Chicago Bulls' four-game road winning streak when it concludes a stretch of five straight at home Friday night. The Celtics were outplayed by New Orleans in Wednesday's 90-78 loss that ended a six-game win streak. They shot a dismal 6 of 16 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line - their worst percentage since going 5 of 14 (35.7) in a loss to Houston on Nov. 11, 1994 - and finished 4 of 18 from 3-point range. Boston faces a team on Friday that they have owned in the Garden. The Celtics have won 11 of the last 14 meetings - including the postseason - with the Bulls at TD Garden. The difference in this game is Rajon Rondo, who is averaging 21.0 points in his last five games in the series. He scored a season-high 26 in the last matchup and he's nearly impossible to guard. Without Derrick Rose, the Celtics will have their way with that matchup and in the game.
FRIDAY NBA FREE PICK: BOSTON CELTICS -3.5