Here’s A Closer Look At The Celtics Vs Bulls NBA Game 3 Winning PredictionsWhen: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois TV: ESPN Live Stream: Watch ESPN NBA Odds: Chicago -2 / Total: 207
The Bulls are 2-point home favorites to beat the Celtics in Game 3 when it gets underway on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET, live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois while airing live on ESPN.
Why Bet The Boston Celtics Odds at +2The best reason to back Boston (53-31 SU, 40-42 ATS) in Game 2 is that the Celtics will be completely and utterly desperate to avoid falling into an insurmountable 0-3 hole. Boston got 20 points from MVP caliber point guard Isaiah Thomas in Game 2, but it wasn’t an efficient night as the diminutive floor leader shot 6-for-15 from the field and jut 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. Thomas missed six of his 13 free throws and committed five turnovers just one day before he was scheduled to fly to Washington for his sister’s funeral.
Jae Crowder tied his career playoff high with 16 points and five Celtics reached double figures in scoring. Still, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome a Bulls team that has owned the paint and crashed the glass with authority.
“(The Bulls) came in and took (it), and we have to do the same thing,” Crowder said. “Take it one game at a time and try to get Game 3.”
Why Bet The Chicago Bulls Odds at -2The best reason to bet on the Bulls (43-41 SU, 44-40 ATS) in Game 3 is that they’ve looked better than Boston in every aspect in both, Games 1 and 2 and have the huge edge in postseason experience and quality scorers. Chicago is the first eighth seed in NBA history to take a 2-0 lead in an opening round series.
“I’m not surprised because everybody’s so locked in right now,” Jimmy Butler said after putting up 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Bulls to victory in Game 2. “Everybody’s putting in extra work, watching that film, working on their game. And that’s where your confidence always comes from.”
The Bulls are also getting some eye-opening play from former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo after the polarizing floor general finished Game 2 with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
“It’s key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game — you’ve just got to play,” said Dwayne Wade, who scored 22 points, including eight crucial points down the stretch to help the Bull pull away late. “Tonight, our job was easy. We just had to play. As I told him, ‘Way to run your team.'”
Expert Pick & Final Score PredictionI don’t know how else to say it, but the Boston Celtics don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating the Chicago Bulls in Game 3. The Celtics have been completely and utterly dominated in the low post and jut don’t have enough quality scorer around Isaiah Thomas to keep up with the more offensively-balanced Bulls.
The Celtics are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last six games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Not only have the Bulls gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, but more importantly, Chicago has two guys that can close games out with the best of them in D-Wade and Jimmy Butler. The Bulls will win and cover the spread a slight home favorites with room to spare!