Betting on basketball fans and handicappers didn’t give the Chicago Bulls any consideration at all to be the top team in the East but that is where they are as the biggest NBA betting surprise for 2011.
The Chicago Bulls will host the Boston Celtics on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and a potential playoff preview. Open your Sports Gambling account for side and total odds on this important matchup which could be for all of the marbles and the top seed in the East for the post season.
Boston was 52-23 straight up and 34-39-2 with the NBA lines as they trailed Chicago by 2 games in the Eastern Conference standings for the top seed and home court advantage in the playoffs.
Boston was 18-20 against the spread on the road and went under the total in 23 out of 38 away games. Boston ranked 22nd in the NBA for scoring but was 1st for points allowed on defense.
Chicago was 55-20 straight up and a sensational 46-27-2 with the NBA betting odds to rank as one of the most profitable teams on the board. The Bulls were 23-12-2 against the spread at home and went under the total in 22 out of 37 home games.
Chicago ranked 20th in the NBA for scoring but was 2nd in the NBA for points allowed on defense. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 25 points and 8 assists per game.
This is the fourth meeting of the season between these two Eastern Conference powers. On November 5 Boston scored a 110-105 home win over the Bulls but failed to cover as 8 point chalks as the game went over the total of 194.5. On December 3 Boston scored a 104-92 payout over Chicago as 5 point favorites as the game went over the total of 190.5.
On January 8 the Bulls got the money in a 90-79 home payout as 2 point chalks as the game went under the total of 186.5. Chicago has paid out in 4 of their last 5 games against Boston. The series has failed to go clear the betting on basketball total in the last 3 matchups at Chicago.