BOSTON, Sporting Alert – The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics will collide again in an early season Eastern Conference showdown in the NBA on Wednesday night.
Live coverage of this game is at 8:00pm ET on ESPN and streaming live on the WatchESPN app.
When these two teams met on Oct. 27 in Chicago’s season opener, the Bulls came away with a 105-99 victory at home.
However, the Celtics (2-1) are being favoured by 3-points, according to Las Vegas, for Wednesday night’s quick turnaround battle at TD Garden.
The Bulls (3-0) are off to their best start after three games since winning the NBA title in the 1996-97 season when they finished at 69-13, and Dwayne Wade and his new teammates will be hoping to extend their undefeated start.
Following the comfortable blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets Monday evening, Jimmy Butler, who is averaging 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, revealed that “everyone is having fun” which can only be a good thing for head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Meanwhile, Boston bounced back from the defeat to Chicago with a 104-98 win over Charlotte with Avery Bradley leading the way with 31 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
In early team news, the Boston Celtics is reporting that forward Al Horford has been ruled out of the game after being placed in concussion protocol.
The Chicago Bulls could be without guard Doug McDermott after he was also placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Coach Hoiberg says McDermott “feels fine” but the team will not make any decision before game time.
Also broadcasting live on ESPN and streaming on the WatchESPN app is a matchup at STAPLES Center between two Western Conference undefeated teams.
The game which tips-off at 10:30pm ET will see the Los Angeles Clippers entertaining the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Both teams are off to respective 3-0 starts, but the Clippers are listed as 7.5 point favourites to hand the Thunder their first loss of the term.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, Blake Griffin and Co. have a 70 percent chance to win, but we have all observed what Russell Westbrook has already been doing this season and expect the Oklahoma City guard to cause Los Angeles problems.
Westbrook has already collected two triple-doubles this season, including a 33-points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds performance in Sunday’s 113-96 win over the Lakers.
Wednesday, November 2
Toronto at Washington 7:00 PM
Philadelphia at Charlotte 7:00 PM
Detroit at Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Houston at New York 7:30 PM
Los Angeles at Atlanta 7:30 PM
New Orleans at Memphis 8:00 PM
Chicago at Boston 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Dallas at Utah 9:00 PM
Portland at Phoenix 10:00 PM
Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Clippers 10:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN