15* Bulls/Celtics ESPN Friday No-Brainer on Boston +3
Chicago vs. Boston,
01/13/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 88 - 79
Point Spread: +3/-110 Boston
The Boston Celtics should not be catching points at home tonight against the Chicago Bulls. Boston is going to be very hungry tonight after back-to-back home losses to the Pacers and Mavericks to drop them to below .500 on the season.
While Derrick Rose is expected to play for Chicago tonight, it won't matter. Rose missed last game with a toe injury and he'll be playing through pain tonight if he goes. Richard Hamilton doubtful with a groin injury and C.J. Watson is out with an ankle injury. The Bulls are certainly vulnerable right now.
Home-court advantage has proven to be huge in this rivalry between the Bulls and Celtics. The home team has won 10 of the last 12 meetings in this series, and Boston has won six of their last seven at home against Chicago. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings as well.
The Celtics are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a home underdog. Boston is 16-4 ATS in their last 20 after failing to cover the spread in 2 or more consecutive games. You certainly want to back this team after a rough stretch and also when they are an underdog. Take the Celtics Friday.