On Friday night, several teams will look to close out their NBA Playoffs series and move on to the second round. Among them will be the Boston Celtics, with star guard Isaiah Thomas still grieving over the recent loss of his sister. A Chicago Bulls' win at home will help the Bulls stay alive, setting up a deciding Game 7 for the series. Here is the latest Celtics vs. Bulls game preview for Friday evening including point spread, over and under total, as well as how to watch.

Game 6 preview

After losing the first two in this series, the Celtics seemed like they may fall victim to a first-round sweep as the No.

1 seed. However, Boston bounced back as they grabbed three-straight wins to take a 3-2 series advantage. That included winning both games played at the United Center in Chicago. Game 5 was held in Boston, with the Celtics prevailing 108-97. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley helped with the latest win by scoring 24 points each, while Al Horford added 21 points.

The Chicago Bulls seemed ready to take advantage of a struggling Celtics' team after those first two wins in the series, but lost floor general Rajon Rondo, who had been key in the first few games.

Rondo is now out with a thumb injury and unexpected to compete again in this series, as of this report. However, Dwyane Wade achieved a near triple-double in the Game 5 loss while Jimmy Butler had a quieter overall effort. If the two Bulls' stars can get it together at home for tonight's game, it could send things to a seventh game on Sunday in Boston.

The Boston Celtics enter tonight's matchup as the favorites with a point spread of three points in their favor, and a moneyline price of -160.

The Bulls are listed as +140 home underdogs, while the over/under points total is 203.5 points for the game as of this report.

Game time & channel

Tonight's Celtics vs. Bulls game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Eastern Time start time from the United Center in Chicago. This NBA Playoffs game will be televised on ESPN, and live streaming on the WatchESPN network for cable and satellite subscribers. The game is also available on the SlingTV channel streaming service for viewers who have access to it, or who have signed up for a one-week free trial.

If there's a Game 7, that's scheduled to take place on Sunday at a time to be decided with ABC offering the live telecast. The Bulls own a 24-18-0 against the spread mark when playing as the underdog, while Boston holds a 22-18-1 mark ATS on the road.

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