The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics are scheduled for a Monday night showdown at TD Garden. The Celtics are home again tonight following a highly entertaining game against the Golden State Warriors in Boston. That game had a little bit of everything, and Steph Curry did his best to pull it out on a bad ankle, but the Celtics held on for a 119-114 win.
It was a duel between Jayson Tatum and Steph at the Chase Center. Tatum went off for 44 points and 10 assists in 40 minutes. He went the distance and didn’t get much of a breather with Jaylen Brown and Evan Fournier both absent. Curry put in 47 points and 7 assists to carry the team on his back.
He made some wild circus shots, which is nothing new for him, but it kept coming and coming. Even with Curry coming up lame with after twisting his ankle, he was still firing away and hitting for the Warriors. No one else could help him out, though, as Tatum ended up winning the duel in Boston. The Celtics enter Monday night on a six-game winning streak.
It took the Celtics a long minute to heat up this season, but they’ve been hitting their stride as of late. They are also winners in eight of their previous nine performances. Boston has managed to dig themselves out of a sub-.500 hole and are now going into tonight with a mark of 31-26.
They very well could be a sleeper team in the Eastern Conference. No one is giving them much attention during this run, while the Bucks, 76ers, and Nets continue to grab the headlines. Those are some good teams, but an upset for the Celtics is more than possible. Despite their slow start, they’re playing well and have quality talent.
The Bulls ended a five-game losing streak with a 106-96 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. They followed up an ugly 115-106 loss against the Orlando Magic with another loss against the Memphis Grizzlies, 126-115. The Bulls will look for a two-game winning streak absent Zach LaVine.
LaVine is ruled OUT for health and safety protocol. The Celtics aren’t without their problems on the injury report. Kemba Walker is questionable with a non-Covid illness, Jaylen Brown is questionable, and Fournier is OUT again. Tatum is dealing with a banged up ankle, but is probable to play. Head below for our free Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics pick on April 19, 2021.
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The Chicago Bulls made a surprising move to acquire Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline. For a team that wasn’t expected to compete in the East, the big question was why the Bulls brought in Vucevic. The front office must have felt more confident than most people regarding the Bulls did. While the Bulls are not out of the play-in tournament, they must play well down the stretch to get in.
The Bulls head into Boston with a record of 23-33 and in a tie for the 10th spot with the Raptors. The Raptors don’t care to go to the play-in tournament from the decisions they’ve been making. They look more like a team trying to tank, but the Bulls are looking to get into the playoffs to give some of their young talent some more experience. If the Bulls blow this, then they have no one to blame but themselves. The difference between the Bulls and Raptors is that the Bulls actually want in.
They will have to win in Boston without Zach LaVine on Monday night. He is absent, so expect Vuvevic to take on a big role tonight. The Bulls have gone 3-8 since they’ve acquired Vuvevic. This hasn’t worked according to plan, but now it’s time for Vuvevic to step up and be a go-to player for the Bulls. He turned in a big performance for the Bulls without LaVine in the lineup against the Cavaliers. In fact, he was at the best we’ve seen him with the Bulls.
He seemed to like being the go-to guy without LaVine on the floor. Vuvevic scored 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists against the Cavaliers in a 106-96 win. Denzel Valentine and Lauri Markken provided big lifts off the bench for 13 and 16 points. They will need the same against a Celtics team coming off a win against the Warriors. That game had to be exhausting for the Celtics. It was a back-and-forth affair with neither team slowing down.
The injury situation isn’t ideal for the Celtics in this meeting. Along with Jaylen Brown questionable, Kemba Walker is questionable with an undisclosed illness. The line at 76.5 points can be chalked up as slightly fishy. They just beat the Warriors, 119-114, are on a six-game winning streak, and laying 6.5 points at home against a LaVine-less Bulls team. It makes you go, hm, is this a letdown spot for the Celtics as they overlook the Bulls after a big win on Saturday night? The oddsmakers seem to believe so. This looks like a trap game following a win over the Warriors with the Suns and Nets coming up on the schedule.