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Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 4/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (53-30) at Chicago Bulls (42-41)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet in game three of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the United Center.

The Boston Celtics need a victory here to have any real shot of winning this series. The Boston Celtics are averaging 99.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 33 points and six assists while Al Horford is averaging 19 points and seven rebounds. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing eight rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 65.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last 10 road games.

Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 4/21/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls can all but put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 108.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 26 points and 8.5 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 16.5 points and four assists. Robin Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Rajon Rondo is dishing 10 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won four straight home games.

The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Celtics are 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Chicago, 9-19-2 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls have made the Boston Celtics look like they don't even belong in the playoffs. The Celtics can't score and are getting dominated on the glass. Also having your best player and the guy who stirs your drink in Thomas dealing with the death of his sister doesn't help the vibe of the team. The Celtics simply look like they don't want to play basketball right now, and the Bulls are taking full advantage of it. The Chicago Bulls are an experienced basketball team and they know you have to go for the throat when you have a chance. The Bulls have that chance here. I'll take the Bulls on their home court and the small line. The Celtics haven't shown me anything that makes me think they can get the job done on the road.

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