NBA Playoff Betting Preview Game 2 Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics host the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of their best of 7 series. The game is scheduled for Monday at 7PM Eastern with television coverage provided by TNT. Chicago holds a 1-0 series lead off their 105-103 overtime victory as an 8-½ point closing line underdog. LVSC has sent out the home team Boston Celtics as an 8-point favorite with the over under opening number at 197. There has been no movement on the point spread as the Celtics are currently an 8-point favorite. The total has seen downward movement as the over under is currently lined at 196. The series numbers have been adjusted right after the Bulls victory in game 1, as the Celtics are currently a –200 favorite to win this best of 7 series with the buy back on the Chicago Bulls at +170.
In Game 1 the Boston Celtics shot only 39.4% from the field. The story was the Bulls offense behind rookie Derrick Rose who was 12-19 from the field and just as impressive a perfect 12-12 in a road playoff game from the free throw line. Rose finished with 36 points in his first ever NBA Playoff game. Without Kevin Garnett in the lineup for the Celtics the Bulls held a distinct 53-45 rebounding advantage. Celtics guard Ray Allen had a poor game going 1-12 from the field and 0-6 from the three-point line. The Celtics are a top three point shooting team in the league but only poured in 4-16 from beyond the arc. The Celtics got good offensive production from point guard Rajon Rondo who contributed with 29 points on 12-21 shooting. It’s worth noting that Celtics coach Doc Rivers have never won a playoff series as a head coach without Kevin Garnett. In Rivers tenure with the Magic and Celtics his teams were eliminated from the playoffs four times in four tries in the first round of the NBA Playoffs without Garnett in his lineup.
Trend: Chicago is 6-1 straight up in their past 7 games
The Wagerline consensus has 60.3% of the bettors on Chicago +8
The Wagerline consensus has 54.1% of the bettors playing under 196