Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Dec 23): Bulls vs Celtics Prediction
Saturday night has thirteen games before the one-day break. The NBA will start back up on Christmas day for some of the most exciting games of the season. With thirteen games on, there will be lots of excitement on Saturday. My best NBA pick for December 23. Odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics Prediction
Boston had the best start to this season. The Celtics are still sitting on top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 26-9 record. Chicago started the season off terribly. Eight games ago they got Nikola Mirotic back. They won the first seven with him in the lineup, but lost the last game to the Cavaliers. The Bulls are 10-21 on the season. The Bulls hosted the Celtics back on December 11. Nikola Mirotic dropped twenty-four and Bobby Portis scored another twenty-three as the Bulls won 108-85. The Bulls shot 48.1 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from behind the three-point line. Boston shot 39.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from the three.
The Celtics will likely be without Jaylen Brown, Shane Larkin and Marcus Morris for Saturday night’s matchup. Brown has been averaging 14.5 points per game and 6 rebounds. Morris has been averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Without Brown and Morris in the lineup it will create complications for the Celtics. Mirotic has been averaging 19 points per game, as well as 7.4 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen has been playing just as good for the Bulls.
The rookie has averaged 14.7 points per game on the season and 7.7 rebounds. Justin Holiday, Kris Dunn and Robin Lopez have all been averaging around 13 points per game. Boston has been scoring the second most points per game. The Celtics have averaged 103.1 points per game as a team. While the Celtics have been scoring at a very high pace, they have been allowing teams to score at a high rate as well. Boston allows 98.4 points per game, which is twenty-sixth in the league.
Chicago Bulls +7 (-110) at Boston Celtics -7 (-110)
Chicago has been scoring the amount of points per game that one would expect from a team who lost twenty of their first twenty-three games. The Bulls are averaging 99.7 points per game, which is twenty-seventh in the league. That number has been going up ever since Nikola Mirotic returned to the lineup. If the Bulls can continue to play solid offensively, they could pull off the upset again.
The Celtics have lost two straight at home. Boston has also lost four of their last seven. With the Celtics looking like a beatable team, laying seven points can be a lot. The Bulls would have covered a +7 spread in six of their last seven losses. Without Morris and Brown, the Celtics will have to use their depth players to fill out the starting roles. This will hurt the starters and the bench. I believe that the Bulls can capitalize on this.