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CHICAGO BULLS BOSTON CELTICS
41-41 April 26, 8:30 PM | TD Garden 53-29

Bulls vs Celtics, NBA Playoffs First Round, Game 5 – Series tied 2-2

Chicago at Boston, Las Vegas Odds, Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, CSN Chicago, CSN New England (Boston)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
711 –Chicago Bulls +8 -115 +305 Ov 202½ -110
712 –Boston Celtics -8 -105 -365 Un 202½ -110
 

The fans at TD Garden will be treated to a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics when they take their seats on Wednesday.

ABOUT THE BULLS: While the team waits on a possible Rondo return, Isaiah Canaan will be thrust into the starting lineup for Game 5 after emerging to score 13 points in 34 minutes of Sunday’s loss. “It really tests your mental part of basketball,” Canaan told reporters when asked about being inactive for the first three games and watching many regular-season games from the sideline. “Our job is to play, whenever it may be. It may be the first 10 games of the season. It may be the last 10 games. Everybody on this team wants to play, and you can only have five out there. So whenever your name is called, you’ve got to be ready to go, no matter when it is.” Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 33 points with nine assists and one turnover in Game 4, attempting 23 free throws one game after failing to get to the line.

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Coach Brad Stevens’ decision to go small – including the insertion of Gerald Green into the starting lineup – has transformed the series. Green scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds in Game 4 while regular starter Amir Johnson did not see a single minute of action. Aside from Green, the Celtics were 6-for-28 from long range and Thomas has made just 4-of-21 over his last three games, although he carved up the Bulls with dribble penetration and a string of tough layups in Game 4.

Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as 8-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game’s total is sitting at Ov 202½.

The Boston Celtics have turned the tables on the Chicago Bulls in their Eastern Conference first-round series and look to become the first home team to win a game when the teams return to TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, whose playoff experience has been dominated by the grief of losing his sister in a car accident prior to the series, had his best game of the set with 33 points in Boston’s 104-95 win in a Game 4 equalizer on Sunday.

It was a chippy affair that Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg punctuated with a claim that Thomas carries the ball repeatedly, but Boston’s floor general was unfazed by the criticism and seems to have his swagger back. “Not one man can guard me,” Thomas told reporters Sunday. “And that’s just the confidence I have, but also my coaching staff and my teammates put me in position to be successful.” The Celtics’ back-to-back wins in Chicago came after Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was sidelined with a fractured thumb, although the former Boston star has shed his cast and could potentially return for a Game 6 or Game 7. After shooting 46.7 percent and averaging 25 assists in two wins at Boston, Chicago dipped to 40.1 percent with 16.5 assists in the two games without Rondo at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 104-95 winner as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a -1.5-point favorite, while 199 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Chicago was a 104-95 loser at home against the Celtics. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (199) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

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Chicago:
Team record: 43-43 SU,44-42 ATS
Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Chicago is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago’s last 9 games

Boston:
Team record: 55-31 SU,43-42-1 ATS
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Boston is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Boston Wednesday, April 26

NBA PLAYOFFS TIPS

1. Butler averaged 26 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the two wins at Boston.

2. Celtics C Kelly Olynyk hit all four of his shot attempts in Game 4 and is 4-for-7 from 3-point range over the past three contests.

3. Chicago is 72-for-85 at the foul line in the series. Boston is 48-for-67.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Boston Celtics will cover the spread at -6 and the game will go over 202½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Celtics 109, Bulls 100 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
CHI TEAM BOS
102.9 PTS FOR 108.0
102.4 PTS AGNST 105.4
0.4 DIFF. 2.6
34.1 DEF REBOUNDS 32.9
12.2 OFF REBOUNDS 9.1
44.4 FG% 45.4
79.8 FT% 80.7
7.6 3 POINTERS 12.0
7.9 STEALS 7.5
BETTING TRENDS
CHICAGO
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago’s last 9 games
Chicago is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago’s last 10 games on the road
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 8 games when playing Boston
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
BOSTON
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
Boston is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games when playing Chicago
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Chicago’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 102.9 23 105.4 15
Chicago’s Away Scoring vs Boston’s Home Defense 102.0 19 105.4 18
Chicago’s Road Rebounds vs Boston’s Home Rebounds Allowed 45.4 4 44.6 25
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Chicago’s Overall Defense 108.0 7 102.4 6
Boston’s Home Scoring vs Chicago’s Road Defense 109.5 11 104.2 9
Boston’s Home Rebounds vs Chicago’s Road Rebounds Allowed 43.2 23 44.6 18
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
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.
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.

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