Boston: 99.3 points/100 possessions (20th)
Chicago: 105.9 points/100 possessions (2nd)
Boston: 95.2 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Chicago: 94.7 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Key Injuries: CHI: Derrick Rose is out.
BOS: Brandon Bass is out. Kevin Garnett is probably out.
Probable Chicago Starters: CJ Watson (PG), Ronnie Brewer (SG) Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF) Joakim Noah (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: By The Horns
Ray Allen and Paul Pierce took last night off against the Pistons and Boston wasted a career-high from Rajon Rondo, who has even more reason to be irritated as the Celtics look for their second straight win over the Bulls. In Chicago’s favor tonight: they hung in there on Sunday despite the lack of Rose, will be looking for revenge and face a Celtics team back-to-backing (Pierce and Allen excepted; they should be plenty fresh). And they’ve only lost a single game at home all season. In Boston’s favor: after throwing away a game last night against the Pistons and playing tonight under national TV lights, there should be no letdown in effort. And, of course, it also helps to do this basketball thing without Rose tearing apart your perimeter defense every second play.
From our 5-on-5 earlier today, Brendan and Brian say Chicago strikes back while Chris and Hayes say the C’s take it. I’m going to split the difference and say Boston wins if KG plays and loses if he doesn’t. As I type this, it’s unclear if we’ll see him back, so here are two possible outcomes:
Boston 95 Chicago 91
Chicago 97 Boston 90