Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip-off: Monday, November 12, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Bulls are already in bad shape without former MVP Derrick Rose and now YoiuWager experts believe they might have to move on without his replacement as well.
However, this is possibly good news for Rajon Rondo tonight when the Boston Celtics visit Chicago.
It’s possible that starting point guard Kirk Hinrich might not play tonight with the Bulls (4-2). The 31 year-old player suffered a strained right hip in the first half of Saturday’s 87-80 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. As of right now the player who signed in July to help fill in while Rose recovers from knee surgery, is day to day.
Former Celtic Nate Robinson, who scored 18 points off the bench against Minnesota, would likely handle most of the point guard duties if Hinrich sits out. Rookie Marquis Teague, Chicago’s first-round pick in June, could also be very helpful.
Chicago’s back-court faces the difficult task of trying to defend Rondo, the league’s assist leader at 13.3 per game.
According to the NBA live lines, Rondo played a key role in finding Paul Pierce (25 points) and Kevin Garnett (18) for open looks down the stretch Saturday night as the Celtics (3-3) won their third chance in four games with a 96-92 win versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rondo finished with 10 assists for his 30th consecutive regular-season game with at least that many. It’s the third-longest such streak in the national basketball association’s history, with Magic Johnson holding the record at 46 from April 1983 to February 1984.
The 26 year-old’s streak could be put to the test against a Chicago team that boasts one of the NBA’s toughest defenses. Rondo has only one 10-assist effort in his last five games at Chicago.
The Bulls haven’t let an opponent to score 100 points in 15 straight games, and Boston have not reached the century mark at the United Center since 2009, losing five straight there.
Carlos Boozer wasn’t spectacular against the Timberwolves, shooting 0 of 5 and finishing with two points. Boozer, averaging 17.0 points over his 11-year career, failed to make a field goal in a game for the first time since Nov. 18, 2003.
Joakim Noah finished with 17 points and Luol Deng added 16 on Saturday. Deng has impressed online sports dans against the Celtics at home, averaging 24.0 in the last three meetings there.