Perhaps the most interesting NBA games on tap for Monday, November 21, will be played in Chicago, and you can’t miss out on the best Celtics vs. Bulls betting pick and odds.
Boston is hoping for the tenth consecutive victory when they visit Chicago at United Center. The Celtics are 6-point favorites on Bovada Sportsbook, while the total is set at 226 points. These Eastern Conference rivals have met two weeks ago in Boston, and the Celtics won 123-119.
Celtics remained red-hot in New Orleans
The Boston Celtics (13-3, 9-7-0 ATS) are the hottest team in the NBA at the moment. They are on a nine-game winning streak and now will try to conclude a three-game road trip with another W, which would be their tenth in a row. Boston opened that road trip with a win over Atlanta, and then the C’s beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-109. The Celtics won the second quarter by 15 points and maintained a double-digit lead for most of the game to secure a fully deserved win. Boston had seven more triples than the hosts and was better in rebounds (46-37).
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with a double-double of 27 points and game-high ten rebounds, along with seven assists and two steals. Derrick White scored 26 points with two thefts and game-high two blocks, Jayson Tatum recorded a double-double of 19 points and game-high ten dimes with seven boards, while Al Horford had 18 points and seven rebounds.
SF Danilo Gallinari (ACL) and C Robert Williams (knee) are out indefinitely, while PG Marcus Smart (ankle) is questionable to feature on Monday against Chicago.
Bulls didn’t have luck in a loss to the Magic
The Chicago Bulls (6-10, 7-8-1 ATS) are playing their worst basketball of the campaign as they lost six of the last four games, including four straight. To be honest, the Bulls were unlucky in the most recent tilt against the Orlando Magic at home; they lost in the final second as Jalen Suggs hits a contested three-pointer to give Orlando a 108-107 victory. The perimeter shooting hurt Chicago in this loss; the Bulls made only five triples opposite the Magic’s 12.
DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with a season-high 41 points (16-30 FG, 8-9 FT) and four rebounds. Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double of 14 points and game-high 16 boards, along with team-high seven assists, and game-high three blocks. Zach LaVine displayed a disappointing performance and made just one field goal out of 14 attempts and finished with miserable four points.
PG Lonzo Ball is sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left knee, and he is expected to miss at least three months. He will not return to the floor before the New Year.
- 1-6 ATS in the last seven games against Chicago
- 0-4 ATS in the last four Monday games
- 6-3 ATS in the last nine games against the Eastern Conference rivals
- 4-2 ATS in the last six games against the Atlantic Division opponents
Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls Pick
One of the reasons to back the Bulls in this one is that Boston doesn’t like to play on Mondays. The Celtics failed to cover in each of their last four Monday games, while the Bulls have an advantage in recent H2H duels when it comes to the spread. I expect LaVine to bounce back from a devastating night and return to his usual on Monday, and even though I think the C’s have a better team, I am going with the Bulls to cover. Chicago has a way better team than it is showing at the moment, and this negative streak has to end sometime. It would be a major morale boost for the Bulls if they snap that negative streak against Boston.
Pick: Take the Bulls at +7.5 (-133)
The Celtics have the second-best offense in the NBA that is averaging 120.2 points per game, and they scored 117+ points in eight of their last nine games. Chicago allowed 110+ points in five of the previous seven games, and even though the Bulls have a decent D that is allowing 111.6 ppg, it’s hard to expect them to limit Boston to below 115 here. I expect a tight affair and possible overtime, so I am going with a productive duel when it comes to points. Over is 5-2-1 in the Celtics’ last eight when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Pick: Go Over 224.5 points (-130)