The last time the Chicago Bulls faced the Boston Celtics, they walked away with a third straight loss and began to question what they had in front of them. The Bulls responded with a dramatic turnaround and will put a five-game winning streak on the line when they host the Celtics in a rematch Thursday.
The Celtics will be looking for a win after losing three of their last four including a 99-94 home loss to the Pistons last night. Isaiah Thomas led the team in scoring with 22 points and 10 assists but shot just six of 22 from the field, Evan Turner added 17 points while Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder added 16 points each, but it still wasn’t enough to get past the Pistons as the Celtics shot just 37 percent from the field. The Celtics have been in a bit of a slump but looked set for a win until their defense failed them in a 33-19 fourth quarter dominated by the Pistons. With the loss, Boston falls to 19-16 on the season and 9-10 at home.
Meanwhile, the Bulls will be going for a sixth straight win tonight after taking down the Bucks in a 117-106 win on Tuesday. Jimmy Butler led the way with 32 points and 10 assists, Pau Gasol added 26 points while Derrick Rose had 16 as the Bulls shot a sizzling 55 percent from the field to pull away from the Bucks late and improve to 21-12 on the season and 15-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
- Bulls PF Nikola Mirotic is averaging 16 points during a three-game span after being held scoreless in 20 minutes against Indiana on Dec. 30.
- The Celtics are 5-2 in the second half of back-to-backs, including 3-1 on the road.
- Butler has at least one steal in an NBA-high 41 straight games, one shy of Bulls great Scottie Pippen’s run from March 12-Dec. 16, 1994.