4* BULLS/CELTICS ESPN ABSOLUTE SMASH
Chicago vs. Boston,
01/13/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 88 - 79
Point Spread: -2½/-105 Chicago
With news that Derrick Rose will play in this game, I don't think there is any doubt that the Bulls are the better team, especially after how bad Boston looked in their last two home games against the Pacers and Mavericks.
Chicago head coach Tom Tibodeau's knows the strengths of the Boston core, and his defense will be the difference in this game. The Celtics four wins this season have came against Detroit, Washington (2x), and New Jersey. Not exactly something to write home about.
The Celtics simply aren't clicking offensively, as they come in averaging just under 89 ppg at home. Boston is 2-13 ATS (-12.3 Units) in home games after 2 straight games - attempting 10+ less shots than opponent since 1996, while Chicago is 17-7 ATS when the line is +3 to -3 over the last 2 seasons. BET THE BULLS -2.5!