NBA Betting Trends: Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics

The most interesting and perhaps not surprisingly the most heavily bet game of the day pits the Eastern Conference leading Bulls (23-6) against the Boston Celtics (14-12). If recent history is any indicator, this should be a great game. Ever since these two met in the first round of the 2009 playoff’s (which the Celtics won in 7), these teams have had a handful of thrilling finishes. Add in the fact that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is a former Celtics assistant and this game has all the ingredients to be another nail biter.

The Bulls opened as a 3.5-point favorite at the market-setting Cris sportsbook and, according to Sports Insights’ NBA Betting Trends, they are currently receiving just 69% of spread wagers and a staggering 93% of moneyline bets. Despite this lop-sided betting percentage, the line has dropped to -3. This reverse line movement is a strong indicator that sharp money is taking the hometown Celtics.

The key factor to monitor for this game is the health of last season’s MVP Derrick Rose. The explosive point guard missed Friday’s (2/10) game against Charlotte due to a back injury and is currently listed as questionable. Obviously any change to his status would have significant impact on the line, so make sure to check our NBA Injury page for the latest information. Our premium and all-pro customer have access to breaking injury alerts sent to their e-mail or cell phone, so make sure to try our 7-day free trial to receive up to the minute updates.

While most of the marketplace is currently shopping this game at -3, a handful of books including SIA and Sportsbook.com are offering lines of 3.5. We consistently preach the importance of keeping multiple books as it is imperative for you to shop for the best line.

The following table shows the breakdown of spread betting percentages from our six contributing sportsbooks:


Team

# Bets

Sportsbook

BetUS

Carib

WagerWeb

5Dimes

SIA
Bulls 12273 87% 72% 25% n/a 68% 80%
Celtics 13% 28% 75% n/a 32% 20%

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