The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics had a strong rivalry going during the late-1980s and early-1990s. After that stretch, either one or both of the teams fell from championship contention. They are both hack in full force now.
Many people might look at this as a major NBA rivalry, but when it comes to making free NBA picks, it’s a tough one to pick. Both teams are having solid seasons, even if they have had to deal with injuries here and there.
Despite the Bulls being in first place in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are actually the team playing great. Derrick Rose continues to miss games for the Bulls, while the Celtics are just now getting their core back in shape. Perhaps the Celtics are peaking at the right time.
Even with Rose out of the lineup most likely, the Bulls are still solid six-point favorites at home. It’s hard to say the Bulls won’t win in Chicago, but I am not confident with the spread. Therefore, for today’s free NBA picks, I have to go with the veteran Boston Celtics. They will play the game at their pace and make the Bulls make shots to beat them. This will be a great matchup between two of the better teams around.
Pick: Boston Celtics (+6), under (176)