Bulls vs. Celtics Pick
Are the Chicago Bulls and host Boston Celtics going to keep the final score under the betting total when they meet tonight at 7:30PM ET?
509 Chicago Bulls at 510 Boston Celtics, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Celtics are a 10-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 201 points.
Boston opened as an 11-point favorite before the line dropped a point, while the total has gone up slightly from 200.5. The Celtics are a 10-point favorite at nearly every book, but can be found at -10.5 if you shop around. The over-under is at 201 at all sportsbooks.
As of Friday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets are siding with the visiting Bulls. Online wager info also shows that 53 percent of bets are being placed on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Chicago power forward Noah Vonleh (calf) is questionable to play tonight. Small forward Paul Zipser (foot) is out indefinitely. Point guard Zach LaVine, small forward Denzel Valentine (knee), point guard Kris Dunn (toe) and shooting guard Antonio Blakeney (wrist) are out for the season. For the Celtics, it was announced Thursday that star point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) will miss the remainder of the season. Point guard Shane Larkin (illness) is questionable. Point guard Marcus Smart (ithumb) is out until mid-May. Power forward Daniel Theis (knee) and small forward Gordon Hayward (ankle) are out for the season.
Boston received devastating news on Irving, which is a huge blow in its quest to become Eastern Conference champions despite heading into the playoffs as the second seed. After losing by 23 points to the Bulls in Chicago back on Dec. 11, the Celtics have won the last two meetings handily. Irving was out the last meeting, a 105-89 Boston win in Chicago on March 5 which was far more lopsided than the final score indicates. Two of the three meetings have gone under this season and Boston has played unders in seven of its last 10 contests overall. Go with the under again here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BULL/CELTICS UNDER 201