Celtics

Celtics vs. Bulls betting preview: C's aim for seventh win in a row

Celtics

The Celtics go for their seventh straight win as they host a Bulls team that has lost five of its last six.

Celtics center Robert Williams remains out while Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart are both questionable. 

Here's a betting preview of Celtics vs. Bulls -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.

PointsBet Line:  Celtics -6.5

Boston has played better basketball of late and is 7-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last ten games. The Celtics have also covered in each of their last five contests and are 16-12 ATS at home this season. 

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Looking deeper into the NBC Sports Edge finder, they're also 6-3 ATS when the total is set between 213 and 218.  But they have struggled a bit in this spot. When the Celtics are favored between -5 and -8, they're just 4-7 ATS (2-5 ATS at home).  

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As for the Bulls, they're 7-4 ATS when the line is between +5 and +8. That figure only gets stronger when they're on the road, where they're 7-1 ATS with the spread between +5 and +8. Overall, they've performed well as a road team, going 18-9 ATS. But much of that damage was done prior to their recent skid in which they're just 1-5 ATS over the last six games.   

 

PointsBet Total: 215.5

The OVER is 4-1 in the last five Celtics games and 5-2 over the last seven Bulls contests. But when the total is between 213 and 218, the UNDER is 6-3 for Boston and 5-3 for Chicago.  

Meanwhile, tonight's officiating crew is a combined 60-44 to the OVER. Those numbers are pretty similar to what we saw going into the Lakers and Warriors games - both of which went OVER.  

A few more notable trends courtesy of NBC Sports Edge... -The OVER is 19-9 (67.9%) in CHI's last 28 games when the spread is between 4.5 and 8.5. -The UNDER is 19-9 (67.9%) in CHI's last 28 games vs Eastern Conference teams. -The UNDER is 21-8 (72.4%) in BOS's last 29 games with an Over/Under between 214-218. -BOS is 18-8-1 (69.2%) against the spread in its last 27 games with an Over/Under between 214-218. -CHI is 19-9 (67.9%) against the spread in its last 28 games on the road.