NBA Pick: Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls Preview
The Celtics have had a season that has just made us all want to shake our heads. We clearly see some talent on this team, and though that talent is clearly aging, there are still games in which we can tell that the playoff push might ultimately be a good one. Case in point: Boston was able to take down these Bulls at home just a few nights ago. However, last night, in spite of the fact that Rajon Rondo scored 35, the C’s were dropped at home by the Detroit Pistons. That loss came just five days after losing on the road at the Toronto Raptors in a game in which they scored just 74 points against a poor defensive team. Kevin Garnett is probably going to sit out his second straight game with a hip injury, and it is unclear whether Aleksander Pavlovic will be back in the fold for this one with his wrist injury either. The end result, especially with Brandon Bass still on the shelf, is that this is a team that is very thin in the low post, as Jermaine O’Neal just can’t do it all by himself, and Chris Wilcox is nowhere near good enough to be a regular starter for a team like this one.
And now to make matter worse for the Celtics, they have to go up against all of the bigs that the Bulls are going to throw their way. Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah are all tremendous starters that are going to have a field day in this game, especially on the glass. They all could be double-double candidates by the time the night is said and done with. Derrick Rose is still sitting out of the lineup with back spasms, and we don’t blame Head Coach Tom Thibodeau for taking his time with the centerpiece of his franchise. It is clear that Chicago is going to win the Central Division this year, and at worse, the team will be the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Rose is going to be needed for the playoff push to topple a team like the Miami Heat, and making sure that he is 100% healthy before getting him back on the court should be of the utmost importance. Richard Hamilton still has a groin injury that has kept him out since the end of January, and there is still no timetable set for his return to the lineup either.
The Final Word: Chicago might have been dropped in Beantown, but this game is back at the United Center, where it is very unbeatable. The Celtics just aren’t strong enough in the paint to win this game, and unless the likes of Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have an absolutely phenomenal shooting game from the outside, the Bulls should dominate on the glass and come away with an easy victory.
Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls Free Pick: Chicago -8