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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 4/21/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (53 - 31) at CHICAGO (43 - 41)
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Friday, 4/21/2017 7:00 PM
Eastern Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 3 - CHI Leads 2-0
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games53-31-1.140-4238-41107.852.545.4%50.1105.551.245.1%53.7
Road Games23-18+223-1616-23106.551.645.3%48.8105.350.345.5%53.9
Last 5 Games3-2-42-33-1109.255.646.2%50.2106.050.443.9%54.0
Playoff Games0-2-60-22-099.546.044.6%46.5108.551.046.9%57.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.852.539-8545.4%12-3335.9%19-2380.4%50925218134
vs opponents surrendering105.553.239-8645.7%10-2735.8%18-2377.2%521023208135
Team Stats (Road Games)106.551.638-8445.3%11-3334.2%19-2380.3%49824227124
Stats Against (All Games)105.551.239-8645.1%9-2733.3%19-2577.0%541123208135
vs opponents averaging105.25339-8645.6%9-2735.6%18-2377.1%521022208135
Stats Against (Road Games)105.350.338-8445.5%9-2633.8%20-2776.3%541022207145

CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-41-1.244-4034-48103.051.944.4%54.2102.451.545.6%50.2
Home Games25-16-4.621-2016-24103.753.343.8%55.2100.750.845.8%49.5
Last 5 Games4-1+44-12-3111.452.247.0%60.090.842.439.8%48.0
Playoff Games2-0+4.62-02-0108.551.046.9%57.099.546.044.6%46.5
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.051.939-8744.4%8-2234.1%18-2279.8%541223188135
vs opponents surrendering105.853.139-8545.7%10-2735.7%18-2377.2%521023208135
Team Stats (Home Games)103.753.339-8843.8%7-2134.7%19-2480.9%551324178125
Stats Against (All Games)102.451.539-8745.6%9-2634.4%15-1976.7%501024197135
vs opponents averaging105.55339-8545.7%10-2735.7%18-2377.1%511023208135
Stats Against (Home Games)100.750.839-8545.8%8-2533.0%14-1975.7%49924197135
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.5,  CHICAGO 95.6
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/17/2017@ BROOKLYN98-95W-8.5L213U34-8540.0%611230-8336.1%5510
3/19/2017@ PHILADELPHIA99-105L-5L204P34-8540.0%561741-8747.1%4915
4/2/2017@ NEW YORK110-94W-7.5W206U40-7255.6%531733-8538.8%4311
4/6/2017@ ATLANTA116-123L-1.5L208.5O37-9041.1%471244-8949.4%6817
4/8/2017@ CHARLOTTE121-114W1W213.5O45-8751.7%46938-8445.2%487
4/21/2017@ CHICAGO              
4/23/2017@ CHICAGO              

CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/12/2017@ BOSTON80-100L7.5L207.5U33-8737.9%461740-8646.5%5621
3/13/2017@ CHARLOTTE115-109W7.5W200O41-9145.1%571043-9346.2%496
3/17/2017@ WASHINGTON107-112L7.5W211.5O44-8850.0%591846-10145.5%4810
3/21/2017@ TORONTO120-122L7W197.5O42-9046.7%471447-9549.5%6116
3/26/2017@ MILWAUKEE109-94W6.5W201.5O46-8554.1%541437-8444.0%399
4/2/2017@ NEW ORLEANS117-110W8.5W210.5O45-9248.9%571133-8140.7%4312
4/4/2017@ NEW YORK91-100L-5L203.5U32-8438.1%461542-8847.7%6015
4/6/2017@ PHILADELPHIA102-90W-5.5W209U39-9142.9%621633-9136.3%5413
4/8/2017@ BROOKLYN106-107L-3L215U40-9044.4%591739-9242.4%5113
4/16/2017@ BOSTON106-102W6.5W206.5O39-9142.9%651637-8643.0%4415
4/18/2017@ BOSTON111-97W7.5W206.5O45-8851.1%491038-8246.3%4916
BOSTON: BACKCOURT: It's hard to believe PG Isaiah Thomas was once a bench player for this team, as he proved himself to be the lifeblood of the Celtics offense in making the All-Star team last year. In SG Avery Bradley and PG Marcus Smart, Boston has two of the best defending guards in the league. If Smart can learn to shoot as well as Bradley, his ceiling goes up considerably. Second-year PG Terry Rozier took strides over the summer and will see minutes this season. . . . FRONTCOURT: While Danny Ainge couldn't quite lure KD to Boston, C Al Horford is by no means a consolation prize. He fits perfectly in the offense and instantly becomes the team's best player. SF Jae Crowder is the perfect mentor for rookie SF Jaylen Brown, as both are gritty defenders with the ability to put the ball in the basket. People seem to have forgotten about PF Kelly Olynyk, who's become a better offensive player every season. . . . BOTTOM LINE: The Celtics added a four-time All-Star and an NBA-ready rookie to a team that won 48 games last season. Throughout his career, Brad Stevens has led his teams to overachieve. It will be interesting to see what that means for a Boston team that's now loaded with talent.
CHICAGO: BACKCOURT: Lots going on here. The Bulls added one of the greatest basketball players of all time in SG Dwyane Wade, and someone who considers himself to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time in PG Rajon Rondo. They're both quick to say that it's SG Jimmy Butler's team, and it will have to be if they want to succeed. Despite already being a superstar, Butler is still getting better. This backcourt is uniquely bad at shooting. . . . FRONTCOURT: C Robin Lopez joins his fifth team in six seasons, this time replacing an iconic Bull in Joakim Noah. He's a perfectly good center. PF Nikola Mirotic has the potential to be a game-changing player, but has been inconsistent as a shooter'and this team desperately needs a shooter. Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis are more traditional power forwards, and also probably better ones at this point. SF Doug McDermott will benefit from more minutes. . . . BOTTOM LINE: This will be a fun team to watch for the personalities involved, if perhaps not for the style of play. The Bulls roster is simply not currently constructed to keep up with the modern NBA, and they'll struggle from night to night until that changes.
Celtics face must-win situation against Bulls

CHICAGO -- With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can't rule out any possibilities.

So when the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night, Stevens is leaving his options open -- even if that means changing how his team looked in two lopsided losses.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will look to replicate a game plan that provided them with two road victories over the top-seeded Celtics.

"We have to continue to go out and play for each other," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Thursday. "I know our guys aren't satisfied, and we have to continue to bring it, and I'm confident that our guys will."

The Celtics find themselves scrambling to right the ship before the series gets any worse for Boston than it already is. The team and star guard Isaiah Thomas are already dealing with the emotional pain that came when Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident last weekend.

Thomas left to be with his family in Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday and according to the Boston Herald, funeral arrangements were not yet complete. The Celtics traveled to Chicago without Thomas, who is expected to return to play in Game 3 on Friday night.

"This is really hard, this is super hard on Isaiah, you can tell," Stevens said Wednesday. "During the games and walkthroughs, he's trying his very best to focus. (Basketball) can be a guy's sanctuary. That's what the gym is for Isaiah. It alleviates the pain for a couple of hours. We are here to support him in any which way we can. It's tough, a challenge, but it's what we're supposed to do."

Stevens also faces the challenge of rallying his team after back-to-back losses. While he said he wouldn't take possible lineup changes off the table, Stevens added that his team needs to focus on the small things and make changes on a possession-by-possession basis rather than trying to figure out how to make up for all of the shortcomings that put the Celtics in the hole they find themselves in.

"We need to go to Chicago and steal two from them just like they did to us," guard Avery Bradley said. "That's our mentality ... now it's our job to go out there and prove it."

For his part, Hoiberg will continue to stress the little things that gave the Bulls the advantage as they head back to Chicago.

While the Bulls' Three Alphas -- Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo -- have come together to pace the wins in the first two games, the Chicago bench also played a major role. On Thursday, Hoiberg praised reserves Bobby Portis and Paul Zipser for their parts in Chicago's success.

Hoiberg also likes the pace and unselfishness the Bulls played with in Boston. Given the resiliency and road poise he expects to see from the Celtics starting Friday night, he wants to keep things as status quo as possible moving forward.

"It's about everybody on your roster playing a part," Hoiberg said. "That's what it's all about this time of year is going out and playing your role to the best of your abilities and doing your job."

Last Updated: 4/21/2018 4:10:12 PM EST

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