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Fan Preview: Can the Boston Celtics Overpower the Chicago Bulls?

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Despite the Boston Celtics falling to the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 87-86 on Wednesday, April 4, they continued to prove they are capable of keeping up with the hottest team in the NBA. The win marked the ninth straight for the Spurs--definitely an impressive feat.

Boston will hit the road to take on the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, April 5. While their schedule has been brutal, and will continue to be for the remainder of the season, the Celtics are facing it head-on, not breaking down. The experience will make them a better team for it, and will hopefully carry through to the playoffs.

The matchup:

The Boston Celtics will take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center located in Chicago Ill. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

Boston comes into the game having lost their last game and with a 30-23 record. They are 11-14 on the road and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Chicago enters the matchup having lost their last two games and with a 42-13 record. They are 21-6 on their home court and have won six of their last 10 games.

The season series:

The season series currently stands at 2-1 in favor of the Bulls.

Where to watch:

The game can be watched live nationwide with NBA League Pass or--

In Boston: TNT

In Chicago: TNT

The season statistic leaders:

Boston: Paul Pierce- 19.1 points per game, Rajon Rondo- 11.1 assists per game, Kevin Garnett- 8.2 rebounds per game.

Chicago: Derrick Rose- 22.8 points per game, Derrick Rose- 8.0 assists per game, Joakim Noah- 9.8 rebounds per game.

Injuries to note:

Boston: Mickael Pietrus (concussion), Ray Allen (sore right ankle), Jermaine O'Neal (sprained left wrist), Jeff Green (aortic aneurysm).

Chicago: Derrick Rose (groin strain).

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Sources:

All data provided by NBA.com

Paul Rados is an avid Boston Celtics fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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