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Monday, 31 March 2014 17:56

Game Preview: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls

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Boston Celtics (23-50, 8-27 road) at Chicago Bulls (41-32, 23-14 home)

United Center, 8:00 pm on CSNNE

Officials: Ron Garretson, Brian Forte, JT Orr  

Line: Bulls -9.5 (184.5)

Get tickets to tonight's game in Chicago 

These two teams squared off in Boston last night, with the Bulls hanging on for a 107-102 victory, the 4th straight loss for the Celtics.  Chicago also won the season's earlier matchup, 94-82 at the TD Garden on January 2.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

Boston Celtics:

PG: Avery Bradley

SG: Jerryd Bayless

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Brandon Bass

C: Kris Humphries

 

Chicago Bulls:

PG: Kirk Hinrich

SG: Jimmy Butler

SF: Mike Dunleavy

PF: Carlos Boozer

C: Joakim Noah

INJURIES

Rajon Rondo, OUT (Rest)

Vitor Faverani, OUT (Knee)

Gerald Wallace, OUT (Knee)

Derrick Rose, OUT (Knee)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Rondo the broadcaster: As the Celtics are playing a second game in back-to-back nights, Rajon Rondo will be resting his surgically repaired knee.  For tonight's contest Rondo has agreed to sit in with play-by-play man Mike Gorman and do some color commentary for CSNNE. Playoff elimination party: It's been a while since anybody mentioned the word "playoffs" in regards to Boston, but for the time being the Celtics are still officially alive for the postseason.  That could end this evening however, if the C's loose and either the Hawks or Knicks win. DJ Augustin's encore?: Yesterday the Bulls' reserve point guard scored a career-high 33 points on 10-14 shooting; including 3-4 from behind the arc and 10-10 at the free throw line.

NOTES

Chicago looks to sweep the season series from Boston for the first time since 2006-2007.  The Bulls have also won 7 of the last 8 vs. the Celtics at the United Center. Joakim Noah has posted double-doubles in each of the past six meetings with Boston, averaging 13.7 points, 12 rebounds, and 6.8 assists.

PREDICTION

With both clubs travelling back to Chicago last night, I  expect a much different type of game than the high scoring affair we saw in Boston yesterday.  I see the Bulls winning despite a sloppy performance, with poor shooting by each team.

Chicago Bulls 84, Boston Celtics 76

 

Follow Mark Vandeusen on twitter @LucidSportsFan

 

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