Boston at Chicago Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 15, 2017 in

The Boston Celtics (36-19) visit the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls (27-29) on Thursday night. The Celtics have won 10 of 11, including a 111-98 walloping of the Dallas Mavericks on the road on Monday night. The Celtics host Philadelphia on Wednesday night before seeing the Bulls in Chicago the next night. The Bulls ended a three-game losing streak with a 105-94 home win over Toronto on Tuesday night. Take a look at all of our NBA spreads for this week’s games.

Boston at Chicago Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 PM ET
Where: United Center, Chicago
Radio: Boston / Chicago

Why should you bet on the Celtics?

While Chicago did look impressive against Toronto, they do seem to have the Raptors’ collective number, as they have knocked off one of the best teams in the East 11 straight times now. One reason for the Celtics’ hot run lately has been their ability to lock down opponents late. They limited Dallas to just 16 points in the fourth period, turning a one-point lead after three into a 13-point win. Isaiah Thomas put up 29 points and eight assists in the game, and Marcus Smart kicked in 19 points as well. Kelly Olynyk chipped in 15, including seven during a 12-2 run in the fourth period. That offensive depth will serve the Celtics well against a Bulls team that is still tryinig to get healthy.

Why should you put your money on the Bulls?

Jimmy Butler returned from injury to put up 19 points and 12 assists, going 15 for 19 from the charity stripe. His start in the All-Star Game remains in doubt due to heel issues, which clearly bothered him as he went 2 for 10 from the floor. Butler is terrific at getting to the line, as he has now attempted 15 or more free throws in a game eight times this season, second only to Michael Jordan in Chicago Bulls history. But can Butler still bring that same effort two nights later against a tough Celtics team?

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Bulls looked terrific against Toronto, but the Celtics are just too hot right now. I like them to pull off the road win going into the All-Star break, 108-99.