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NBA on TNT: Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz

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Brandon RibakSenior Writer IApril 7, 2011

Boston Celtics (54-23) vs Chicago Bulls (57-20)

With the 2010-2011 sports betting season dwindling down, the Celtics collide with the Bulls on TNT in what should be a spectacular game and a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup.

Chicago is now on a four-game winning streak, and they have center Joakim Noah back in the lineup for the first time since March 28th.

The Bulls rank second in the league in rebounds per game, and hold a 1-2 record against the Celtics this basketball betting season (both losses at the TD Banknorth Garden).

Boston has now won two straight and three of their last four games, including a ten point victory against the San Antonio Spurs.

They hold a 23-15 record on the road and have lost only 12 games against teams in the Eastern Conference.

Spread: Boston is +4.5

Prediction: The last time these two teams played in Chicago, the Bulls defeated Boston by 11. Chicago was without Noah and Boston was without Garnett. This should be a close game, so you should take Boston with the spread.

 

 

Portland Trail Blazers (45-33) vs Utah Jazz (37-41)

The Blazers clinched a playoff berth this past week and have won three of their last five games, including impressive wins against Dallas, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

Portland holds a 17-22 record on the road, but they hold opponents to just 94.9 points per contest (tied for 5th best in the NBA).

Utah will get starting point guard Devin Harris back in the lineup tonight for the first time in seven games. 

The Jazz will miss the playoffs this season for the first time since the 2006 season.

Online betting Spread: Utah is +5

Prediction: With the way Portland is playing right now, they should be selected to win this game today. 

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