The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have had very different starts to the 2022-23 NBA season. Boston is a perfect 3-0 and has overcome the loss of its head coach very admirably in the early going. The Chicago Bulls, meanwhile, are 1-2 and have had their share of struggles in the first week of the season. In our NBA picks for Monday, we break down Celtics vs Bulls as both teams look for a key conference win early in the season.
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Celtics vs Bulls Betting Pick
This game will be played at United Center at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, October 24, 2022.
Why Bet The Celtics:
✅ There is not a team playing better offensive basketball than the Boston Celtics to start this season. They have the top offensive rating in the NBA, and are shooting a league-best 52% from the field in their first three games. Jayson Tatum is averaging just under 35 points per game to start the year, and the Celtics will keep rolling early on.
✅ On the flip side, the Chicago Bulls have been a disaster on the offensive end of the floor. They rank in the bottom-five in the NBA in offensive rating, scoring, and field goal percentage. They have scored over 100 points just once in their first three games of the season, and their offensive woes will cost them in this contest.
✅ From a matchup perspective, the Bulls are a team that is not well equipped to take advantage of the loss of Robert Williams for the Celtics. Nikola Vucevic is not a physical enough player to take advantage of any potential mismatches with Williams out. Instead, his play from the perimeter will allow the Celtics to play small and continue to have success when Boston has the ball.
It has been a dream start to the 2022-23 NBA season for the Boston Celtics. They have won their first three games of the year, including wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Here, they will aim for another win over a team expected to contend in the Eastern Conference as they face the Chicago Bulls in United Center.
For the Celtics, the key to this game will be their continued success on the offensive end of the floor. They are facing a Bulls team that has been atrocious offensively through three games. If the Celtics can piece together a strong offensive performance for the fourth straight night, the Bulls may not be able to keep up with them.
While the start to the season has been a dream for the Celtics, it has been anything but for the Chicago Bulls. They have gone 1-2 to start the year, with their offense really struggling to get going. Even with Zach LaVine back in their lineup in their last game against Cleveland, they failed to break 100 points, and need to turn things around on the offensive end to recapture the magic they had last season.
It hasn’t been all bad for the Bulls on the offensive end of the floor so far this year. DeMar DeRozan has averaged 27.3 points per game and is shooting over 50% for the year. But he needs help, and without Lonzo Ball to orchestrate the offense, he isn’t getting enough of it.