Boston: 100.7 points/100 possessions (19th)
Chicago: 100.5 points/100 possessions (20th)
Boston: 100.5 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)
Chicago: 98.3 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Probable Bulls Starters:
Kirk Hinrich (PG), Richard Hamilton (SG), Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF), and Joakim Noah (C)
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The following post is written by Adam Lowenstein
Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls come to Boston for the first time this season and for only the fifth time since 2010-11 when the Bulls hired Thibodeau away from the Celtics. The Celtics are 3-1 against Thibodeau’s Bulls at TD Garden and the reason that Boston has been so successful is their shooting. Three of the Celtics’ four best shooting games against the Bulls over the last three seasons have come at home.
Overall, the Celtics have struggled against the Bulls because of Chicago’s staunch defense. Since Thibodeau went to the Windy City, he and the Bulls have had a 5-1 record against the Celtics at the United Center. In the 10 total games between Doc Rivers and Thibodeau, the Celtics are 4-0 when shooting better than 45% from the field while they are 0-6 when shooting worse than 45%.
Although Derrick Rose remains on the road to recovery from ACL surgery, the Bulls have had a lot of success recently. Since 2011-12, they have a 40-24 regular season record without him. While they are better with their superstar, the Bulls have been competing very well without him and could push their road winning streak to a season-long five games on Friday.
The Celtics look to prevent that from happening with a much better shooting performance than they had on Wednesday. They had extremely bad three-point and free throw shooting against the Hornets. It was their worst three-point shooting performance of the season in a regulation game when attempting at least 18 three-pointers. In addition, the Celtics’ 37.5% free throw shooting was their worst free throw percentage in a game since 1994. Look for the Celtics, who rank in the top ten in both field goal and free throw shooting, to turn it around against the Bulls.
The Celtics bounce back from Wednesday’s defeat with the important victory, giving the Bulls their first loss on a Friday since May.
Celtics 93, Bulls 87