Check out our free Bulls vs Cavaliers pick and preview for this NBA game in Cleveland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bulls vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
- Date: Monday, January 2nd
- Betting Odds CLE -3, CHI +128 | CLE -155 O/U nan
The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-20. So far, the team has gone 18-18-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Chicago has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Bulls are coming off a disappointing 103-102 loss to the Cavaliers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 0 points. Chicago was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Cavaliers by 1 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was DeMar DeRozan, as he contributed 21 points while hitting 41.2% of his shots.
So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 23-14, while going 20-16-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Cleveland has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 103-102 win over the Bulls. This win came despite entering the game as the 0 point underdogs. Cleveland went on to win the game, as they led by 5 heading into halftime. In the win, Caris LeVert led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 52.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Bulls saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Cavaliers, averaging 102.0 points per game. Like the Bulls, the Cavaliers scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 101.0 points per game vs Chicago. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Bulls and Cavaliers have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just -2 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Chicago. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 206 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 36 games, the Bulls are averaging 113.8 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. If the Chicago offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 10th in fewest turnovers per game.
Currently, the Bulls defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring at 26.2 points per game, placing him 17th in the NBA. Overall, DeRozan has hit 50.8% of his shots while accounting for 20.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 26th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 22.6 points per game, Zach LaVine is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bulls. For the season, he is 91st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.0%.
For the season, the Cavaliers offensive unit is ranked just 26th in scoring at 111.2 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If Cleveland continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 30th in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).
A key injury to note in this game is the likely absence of the Cavaliers 2nd leading scorer, Darius Garland. In his 30 games, Garland is averaging 21.4 points per game while dishing out 7.8 assists and grabbing 2.6 rebounds. In he is unable to take the floor, the team will be looking for even more production out of Donovan Mitchell, who leads the team and is 9th in the NBA at 28.0 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 48.3% of his field goal attempts while taking 23.9% of overall shots.
Bulls vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls +3
- Free Total Prediction: Under nan