Boston takes road win streak into matchup with Chicago

Sat, Mar 23, 2024
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Boston takes road win streak into matchup with Chicago

Boston Celtics (56-14, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (34-36, ninth in the Eastern Conference)

Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Celtics -7.5; over/under is 221.5

BOTTOM LINE: Boston hits the road against Chicago aiming to extend its five-game road winning streak.

The Bulls are 18-22 in Eastern Conference games. Chicago is 18-16 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents and averages 11.7 turnovers per game.

The Celtics are 37-7 in conference games. Boston is the Eastern Conference leader with 46.6 rebounds per game led by Jayson Tatum averaging 8.3.

The Bulls average 11.7 made 3-pointers per game this season, 1.1 fewer makes per game than the Celtics give up (12.8). The Celtics score 7.4 more points per game (121.1) than the Bulls give up to opponents (113.7).

The two teams play for the third time this season. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 129-112 in their last meeting on Feb. 23. Derrick White led the Celtics with 28 points, and Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 22 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Vucevic is shooting 47.9% and averaging 18.2 points for the Bulls. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.0 points over the last 10 games.

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Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Celtics. White is averaging 13.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.7 blocks over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 6-4, averaging 114.8 points, 41.0 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 7.1 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.4 points per game.

Celtics: 8-2, averaging 120.1 points, 43.5 rebounds, 28.3 assists, 7.5 steals and 6.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.4 points.

INJURIES: Bulls: Coby White: day to day (hip), Zach LaVine: out for season (ankle), Patrick Williams: out for season (foot), Julian Phillips: out (foot), Alex Caruso: day to day (ankle), Lonzo Ball: out for season (knee).

Celtics: Jrue Holiday: out (shoulder), Jayson Tatum: out (ankle), Al Horford: out (toe).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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