Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls Game 3, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Playoffs Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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BOSTON CELTICS CHICAGO BULLS
53-29 April 21, 7:00 PM | United Center 41-41
Celtics vs Bulls, NBA Playoffs First Round, Game 3 – Bulls lead series 2-0
Boston at Chicago, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 21, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN New England (Boston), CSN Chicago
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
715 –Boston Celtics +1½ -118 -110 Ov 207½ -110
716 –Chicago Bulls -1½ -102 -110 Un 207½ -110
 

The Chicago Bulls will be trying to extend a winning streak on Friday when they take on the Boston Celtics at United Center.

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Boston fixed some of its rebounding issues from Game 1 but it allowed the Bulls to shoot 51.1 percent and turned the ball over 16 times in a lackluster effort that had some on the Chicago side questioning the Celtics’ commitment. “It’s got to [motivate us],” Stevens said when asked about his team suddenly playing the part of the underdog. “It has to. That has to happen, and that’s the charge for our team.” There could be some rotation and lineup changes in Game 3, and starting forward Amir Johnson (nine points in 27 minutes in the series) may continue to see a reduced role, while starting guard Avery Bradley needs to find the range after shooting 10-of-28 from the floor in Boston.

ABOUT THE BULLS: Point guard Rajon Rondo was the one who first hinted that Boston looked defeated in Game 2, and he has a pretty good grasp of what it takes to be successful this time of year. The former Celtics star fell a rebound shy of a triple-double in Game 2 (11 points, 14 assists) and chipped in five steals in an electric 40-minute performance, giving him averages of 14.4 points and 9.1 assists in his 96-game playoff career. Dwyane Wade had his best performance since coming back from an elbow injury in Tuesday’s win with 22 points, while rookie forward Paul Zipser broke out with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bulls listed as 1.5-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the game’s total is sitting at 207.5.

The Chicago Bulls look to move one step closer to becoming just the sixth eighth seed in NBA playoff history to win a first-round series when they host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference matchup Friday night. After sneaking past the Celtics 106-102 in the series opener, the Bulls were dominant in a 14-point triumph in Game 2 on Tuesday, and their confidence is soaring.

“I’m not surprised because everybody’s so locked in right now” All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler told reporters Tuesday. “Everybody’s putting in extra work right now, watching film, working on their game, and that’s where your confidence always comes from.” Butler has been outstanding, averaging 26 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals while playing 84 minutes through the first two games. Meanwhile, the Celtics’ All-Star, Isaiah Thomas, continues to grieve over the loss of his sister in a car accident prior to the series and will be returning to the team after spending time with family in Washington, looking to recover from a Game 2 effort in which he scored 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting and missed an uncharacteristic six free throws. “It’s super hard on Isaiah,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters Wednesday. “You can tell. I think that during the games and during walk-throughs and the film, he’s trying his very best to focus.”

Chicago won its last outing, a 111-97 result against the Celtics on April 18. The Bulls covered in that game as a +7.5-point underdog, while the 208 combined points took the game OVER the total.

The Celtics were a 111-97 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the -7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (208) made winners of OVER bettors.

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Boston:
Team record: 53-31 SU,41-42-1 ATS
Boston is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
Boston is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games

Chicago:
Team record: 43-41 SU,44-40 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 7 games

Next up:
Boston at Chicago Sunday, April 23

NBA Playoffs Tips

1. Stevens is 2-10 in the postseason.

2. The Bulls have won four straight meetings at home.

3. Game 4 is Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Chicago.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Chicago Bulls will cover the spread at -1.5 and the game will go over 207½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Bulls 106, Celtics 103 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BOS TEAM CHI
108.0 PTS FOR 102.9
105.4 PTS AGNST 102.4
2.6 DIFF. 0.4
32.9 DEF REBOUNDS 34.1
9.1 OFF REBOUNDS 12.2
45.4 FG% 44.4
80.7 FT% 79.8
12.0 3 POINTERS 7.6
7.5 STEALS 7.9
BETTING TRENDS
BOSTON
Boston is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games
Boston is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston’s last 14 games on the road
Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing Chicago
Boston is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing Chicago
Boston is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games when playing Chicago
Boston is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Boston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
CHICAGO
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago’s last 11 games at home
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Chicago is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Chicago’s Overall Defense 108.0 7 102.4 6
Boston’s Away Scoring vs Chicago’s Home Defense 106.5 8 100.7 6
Boston’s Road Rebounds vs Chicago’s Home Rebounds Allowed 40.7 29 42.1 11
Chicago’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 102.9 23 105.4 15
Chicago’s Home Scoring vs Boston’s Road Defense 103.7 24 105.3 10
Chicago’s Home Rebounds vs Boston’s Road Rebounds Allowed 47.0 2 44.5 17
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BOSTON
Boston has the third best free throw percentage in the league at 80.7.
Boston is third best in the league in three points made with 12.0 per game.
CHICAGO
Chicago is third last in the league in three points made with 7.6 per game.
Chicago is third in rebounds in the league at 46.2.

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