The NBA in-season tournament has brought some new excitement to the league this season, and it is set to continue on Tuesday night. The Chicago Bulls will visit the Boston Celtics to continue this new form of NBA action.
Chicago has been an absolute mess so far this season as they are currently sitting at just 5-13 through the first 18 games. The Bulls have also dropped four games in a row, and they are currently in the middle of a long road trip.
Boston was expected to be one of the best teams in the league this season, and they are currently sitting at 13-4 on the year. The Celtics have gone just 3-2 in their last five games, but they are a team that always seems to respond.
The Boston Celtics are 8.5-point betting favorites over the Chicago Bulls in this in-season tournament game.
Bulls A Mess on Defense
The Chicago Bulls currently have a ton of issues at this point of the season, but the lack of defense has been at the top of the list. Chicago has given up at least 116 points in four straight games, and they aren’t going to win many games playing like that.
This Bulls team has been dealing with injuries again this season, but they have also had to deal with star Zach LaVine wanting to be traded. Chicago has seen a ton of massive leads given away in some games, and they appear to be headed for a roster shakeup.
LaVine is leading the team with 22.1 points per game, and DeMar DeRozan can score points as well. The Bulls don’t have a ton of depth and that tends to impact them throughout many games.
Celtics Loaded With Weapons
The Boston Celtics come into Tuesday night averaging 115.8 points per game, and this team can actually be better on offense. Kristaps Porzingis is going to miss this game with an injury, but there are plenty of other weapons in this game.
Jayson Tatum is leading the team with 28.1 points per game this season, and Jaylen Brown has also scored over 21.0 points per game. Boston is a team that can light it up from the perimeter, and they should have some success against this bad Bulls defense.
Boston is also a team that can get stops on defense, and that has even been the case in some of their most recent losses. The Celtics have allowed 103 or less points in three of their last five matchups.
Celtics Cruise to Blowout Win
This Chicago Bulls team just can’t seem to get out of their own way, and they are now dealing with a ton of personnel issues. LaVine and DeRozan are good enough to take over any game, but the Bulls just don’t get enough stops.
Boston needs to go on a big run yet again, and it should start by playing well on Tuesday night. Look for Tatum and Brown to set the tone, and the rest of this roster will chip in as well on offense.
Bet the Boston Celtics -8.5 as the home team is going to roll to a blowout win in this game.