The Chicago Bulls will host the Boston Celtics at the United Center in a 8:00 ET tipoff. This Eastern Conference matchup will be televised on NBCS.

The Celtics (-329) are favored by 7.5 points over the Bulls (+263) and the over/under line is set at 221.5. Boston is 56-14 and has won eight straight games. Chicago is 34-36 and sits 9th in the Eastern Conference.


The Pick: Chicago Bulls +7.5

This game will be played at United Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, March 23rd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 114-111 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jaylen Brown finishing with Jaylen Brown points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 12 threes.

Can Boston Pull Off a Road Win?

Today, the Celtics are favored by 7.5 points against the Bulls. This season, Boston has been favored in 67 of their 70 games and has gone 54-13 in those games. As the favorite, they have a scoring differential of +12.2 PPG.

In terms of their ATS record, the Celtics are 36-31 overall and 17-16 on the road. They have covered the spread in their last five road games and are 34-30 ATS as the favorite.

Boston’s O/U record for the season is 34-35-1, and the over has hit in their last two games. This year, their games have averaged 230.5 points per game compared to today’s O/U line of 221.5.

Looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Celtics are in 1st place with a record of 56-14. In non-conference games, they are 19-7 and 37-7 against other Eastern Conference teams.

Boston’s last game was a 129-102 win over the Pistons. They easily covered the spread as 14-point favorites. The O/U line for that game was 223 points.

Heading into their matchup with the Bulls, the Celtics are one of the most potent offenses in the NBA, ranking 2nd in scoring at 121.1 points per game. They are also one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league, leading the NBA with 16.6 made threes per game.

When it comes to scoring on the road, Boston is 3rd in the NBA at 118.9 points per game. Overall, they have outscored the league average in 74.3% of their games this season.

So far, the Celtics have been one of the most efficient shooting teams in the league. They are 9th in field goal percentage at 48% and have the 2nd-best true shooting percentage. However, they are just 17th in free throw attempts per game.

This season, the Celtics defense has been impressive, holding the 6th position in the league while permitting an average of 109.4 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Celtics defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 52.0% and 34.5% from three-point territory.

Can the Bulls Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

Today, the Bulls are looking to extend their home winning streak to three games. As the underdog, they are 15-26 straight-up and 21-20 against the spread. Their ATS record as the underdog is also 2-0 coming into today’s game.

Chicago’s ATS record for the season is 35-34, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last two games. At home, they are 17-18 ATS compared to 18-16 on the road.

In terms of their O/U record, the Bulls are 38-31-1 this season. The over has hit in their last five games, and today’s O/U line is 221.5 points. On average, their games have finished with 225.8 points.

Chicago’s last game was a 127-117 loss to the Rockets. The O/U line for that game was 219.5 points. The Bulls were 3.5-point underdogs going into the game, giving them an ATS loss.

In the Eastern Conference, the Bulls are in 9th place with a record of 34-36. Within the Central Division, they are in 4th place. This season, they are 18-22 against other teams in the East and 16-14 in non-conference games.

At home, the Bulls are averaging 111.5 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 112.1 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 23rd in the league at 97.1 possessions per game.

When it comes to field goal percentage, Chicago is 20th in the NBA at 46%. From beyond the arc, they are hitting 35% of their shots, which is 19th in the league. In terms of three-point attempts, they are 22nd with an average of 32.6 per game.

So far this season, the Bulls have outscored the NBA scoring average in 41.4% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 24th in the league with an average of 24.8 per game.

So far, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 14th in the league at 113.7 points per contest. In their previous game, the Bulls’ defense struggled against the Rockets, giving up 127 points on a field goal percentage of 45%.