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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Bulls

Chuck - Red's Army January 18, 2013 Gametime, Previews 20 Comments

Tip: 7PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: CSNNE    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Marc Davis, Sean Corbin & Eli Roe

Spread: Even

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The Matchup

Record: 20-18 Record: 22-15
At Home:  13-7 On road: 11-5
Streak: Lost 1 Streak: Won 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (19.0 ppg) Buckets: Luol Deng (17.8 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.0 rpg) Boards: Joakim Noah (10.7 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.1 apg) Dimes: Kirk Hinrich (5.3 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.7 (24th NBA) Offensive Rating: 103.7 (19th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.4 (9th NBA) Defensive Rating: 101.3 (5th NBA)
Pace: 91.0 (20th NBA) Pace: 90.1 (24th NBA)

Last time

The Bulls won the last meeting, 100-89 in Chicago. Joakim Noah dropped a triple-double and Nate Robinson outscored the entire Boston bench. The Celtics beat Chicago, 101-95, on November 12. Rajon Rondo ripped the Bulls to shreds with a 20 point, 9 rebound, 10 assist performance.

This time

Get it to:  Rajon Rondo 

For the Celtics to score against the Bulls suffocating defense (rank 1st in half-court defense, 2nd in spot-up shooting and opp points per play), their offense needs to run at maximum efficiency. And that means Rajon Rondo needs to capitalize on fast break opportunities and penetrate during half-court sets. Plus, Rondo always seems to have good games vs Chicago.

Gotta stop:  Carlos Boozer

Chicago’s favorite whipping boy is playing at his peak; averaging 24. ppg and 10.8 rpg in eight games this month. We know how Booz does it, with a soft jumper and bruising moves in the post.

The Wild Card:  Jared Sullinger

Sully was a no-show vs New Orleans and the Celtics need him to bounce back tonight. Chicago is a physical team that rebounds extremely well. Is it a stretch to say the Celtics need Sullinger to rack up a double-double if they are going to win this game?

How we see it goin’ down

This is a tough game to predict because Luol Deng, Chicago’s top scorer and wing defender, is a game-time decision because of a tight hammy. His absence would be of major benefit to Paul Pierce. Second-year forward Jimmy Butler is the back-up small forward. He’s a tough defender, but no where near as offensively gifted as Deng.

Deng or no-Deng, I’m expecting Boston to bounce back.

Celtics 91

Bulls  84

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  • Mac1995

    C’s are going to have a bad time, Marc Davis is the lead official.

    • Curt

      Maybe Sully can help us out buy keeping himself between Marc Davis and Rondo.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    How do the Bulls get beat the Knicks and then get blown out by the Suns?

    This one is hard to predict. My brain picks Chicago but my heart believes in Boston

    • KGino

      Same way we beat the Thunder and get blown out by the Kings

  • Jaybahs

    Goddamit every time you pick them to win they lose …

    • Curt

      No, he picked them to beat Houston last time after getting beat by them…

      • Jaybahs

        Yeah ok bro … So ONE time …

        • Curt

          It only has to be one time to not be everytime.

          More like, every time the other team is more prepared to win, the other team wins.

  • Larry Legend

    Bradley playing tonight?

    • KGino

      yea any word on bradleys status?

    • SamR

      Just saw that he’s out. Barbosa starts.

      • KGino

        No Avery? Uh-Oh.

  • Chris57

    My spread is Celts -3.5…not a pickem

  • Brian

    Bradley should play tonight. He did so much to come back it’s going to take more then a bruised rip to get him out of the lineup. He is a very tough guy. I don’t think people realized how well he played last year considering how messed up both of his shoulders were. This last few games it is probably the best he has felt in a long time.

  • Quest

    i believe this is game 39. Wow halfway mark approaching…hope the Celtics develop a sense of Urgency….time is going too quickly. Taking one game at a time.

  • http://www.greenheadzblog.blogspot.com ChiefGreenHeadz

    Have faith in Green, Mr. Q, and it shall be rewarded. Chicago’s going down 2-nite. New win streak begins. LET’S GO Cs!!!

  • Larry Legend

    This team got issues….Terry does nothing. KG has been atrocious for last 10 days+…bass zero. Rondo up and down when not suspended. God I love the C’s but they got issues…

  • Jaybahs

    What did I say?! And I was at the game?!

  • Noori

    That jump ball business was nonsense

  • CelticsKid34

    what is your record for predictions? meaning L or W not purely on numbers because thats pretty impossible