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Bulls vs Celtics Betting Odds – Shorthanded Celtics to struggle versus streaking Bulls

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/13/2010 1:23:22 PM

NBA Odds: Pick Bulls to cover, Celtics to win

The Bulls vs Celtics betting odds have provided two blowout wins for the Celtics this season but the third meeting between the teams could be different. The Celtics will be shorthanded in the frontcourt with Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace. Also, online betting cappers know that Marquis Daniels is out of the lineup. With the Celtics off a back-to-back situation, look for the Bulls to play them tough on national television.

WHAT: NBA betting
WHEN: Thursday, January 14th, 8:00 PM ET
WHERE: TD Banknorth Garden – Boston, MA
KEY STAT: Bulls have scored 100 or more in three of last four games

The Storyline - Bulls vs Celtics betting odds breakdown
The Bulls and Celtics meet for the third time this season and the first two matchups have not been as heated as their playoff matchup last year. The two teams went the distance seven games in the 2009 playoffs but the first team meetings produced Celtics victories by an average of 27 points per game. With Kevin Garnett out on Thursday, maybe the Bulls will feel the nostalgia and remember how they played against the Garnett-less Celtics in the playoffs.

Offensive Matchups - Bulls vs Celtics betting odds breakdown
Sportsbook odds makers have to expect the Bulls to be confident heading into this game. Sure, they have been a low-scoring unit this year but they have picked it up of late. With Tyrus Thomas and Kirk Hinrich healthy, they are filling it up a little bit and without the Celtics biggest defensive presence, they should score plenty.

For Boston, they are still a lethal offensive unit without Garnett. Glen Davis has been phenomenal and youngsters Rajan Rondo and Kendrick Perkins continue to grow. Throw in Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, and this is as dangerous a unit as any.

Betting Edge: Celtics

Defensive Matchups - Bulls vs Celtics betting odds breakdown
The Bulls can be a good defensive team but they have had lapses this year. Playing against the Celtics, a team they shutdown in the postseason (at times) last year, should rekindle that feeling. They know what needs to be done to slow this team down; they are very familiar. Now it’s just a matter of execution.

For Boston, they are not the same defensively without Garnett. When they win nowadays, it’s because they outscore their opponents. Monday was a perfect example where they blew a 14-point lead in Atlanta. Prior to that game, they had played seven of eight on the road and will play another road game on Wednesday night. Fatigue is setting in a little bit.

Betting Edge: Even

Notable Injuries - Bulls vs Celtics betting odds breakdown
The Celtics have a laundry list of injuries including Garnett (hyper-extended knee) and Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot). They are also without Marquis Daniels. They have a lot of depth but they miss their heart and soul player in Garnett.

Betting Edge: Bulls

Betting Prediction - Bulls vs Celtics betting odds breakdown
The Bulls probably won’t win in Boston but you can expect a close game. On national television, they will bring the same effort they have produced in recent contests. Sports betting cappers should look for the Bulls to hang around inside the big spread and cover.

Craig’s Pick: Bulls to cover, Celtics to win



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