Basketball betting concerns about the aging Boston Celtics ability to stay healthy continue to grow as they may not be able to survive the online basketball betting grind of an 82 game season.
The Chicago Bulls will host the Boston Celtics on Saturday night with a starting time set for 8 PM ET and a telecast on NBA TV. Be sure and open your account at Sports Gambling for side and total odds on this matchup.
Boston had a record of 24-7 straight up and 16-14-1 with the NBA odds but the Celtics were fading badly in December as they lost 3 of their final 4 games to end the month and got the money in just 1 of their final 5 games before New Year’s.
Of immediate concern to Boston is the injury bug as point guard and assist machine Rajon Rondo was out with an ankle injury although he is expected back at any time. Leading rebounder Kevin Garnett is out until the middle of January at best, however, with a calf issue. Boston had the top ranked defense in the NBA but their offense was in the middle of the pack.
Chicago had a record of 22-10 straight up and 18-13-1 with the NBA betting line as they were in solid contention for home court in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago was a strong under team as just 11 of their first 32 games went over the total. The Bulls ranked 7th in the NBA for defense while ranking 14th for offense. Derrick Rose was averaging 24 points per game and a team best 8.6 assists per outing.
This is the 3rd meeting of the season in this basketball betting series. On November 5 the Celtics scored a 110-105 home win but Chicago got the money as 8 point dogs as the game went over the total. One December 2 the Celtics scored a 104-92 home payout as the game went over the total.
Chicago has paid out in 3 of the last 4 meetings overall although the Bulls have gotten the money in just 2 of their last 9 home games against Boston.