Celtics vs. Bulls Pick
707 Boston Celtics at 708 Chicago Bulls, 8PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Celtics are a 7.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 210 points.
Boston opened as an 8-point favorite, while the total has dropped after opening at 213. Boston is a 7.5-point fave at most books, while the standard over-under looks to be 210. The total is way higher at Las Vegas books as it is all the way to 216.
As of Monday afternoon, 60 percent of public bets are siding with the visiting Celtics. Online wager info also shows that 62 percent of bets are on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Celtics guard Marcus Smart is probable to play today after sustaining a knee injury in the last game. Forward Daniel Theis is questionable with a sore hamstring. For the Bulls, small forward Paul Zipser has missed the last four games with pain in his left foot and is doubtful to play tonight.
Say what you will about the Bulls, but they are32-29-1 ATS the spread this season2-29-1 ATS the spread this season and have showed plenty of competitiveness during their youth movement. Of course, the Celtics are even better ATS at 38-24-2 but a lot of that is due to the red-hot start before they came back down to earth in terms of covering spreads. Considering the Bulls throttled the Celtics to the tune of 108-85 on their home floor back on Dec. 11, seeing them cover the spread here as home dogs wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. Chicago is coming off a 108-100 home win over the Mavericks and also have a straight up home triumph over the Timberwolves in their last 10 games. Additionally, a close 116-115 loss at home to the Sixers shows they can compete with a quality team on any given night. I like the Bulls to cover the spread again tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS +7.5