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: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds CLE -5.5, CHI +182 | CLE -224 O/U 224.0
The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-29. So far, the team has gone 29-26-0 against the spread. Over the Bulls current 2 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -13.0 points per game.
The Bulls are coming off a disappointing 116-105 loss to the Nets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Chicago was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Nets by 11 going into halftime. In the loss, Zach LaVine led the team in scoring with 38 points on a field goal percentage of 64.0%.
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-22. So far, the team has gone 33-24-1 against the spread. Against the Bulls, the Cavaliers are looking to add to their current 5 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 19.2.
In their previous game, the Cavaliers took down the Pelicans by a score of 118-107. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. Cleveland went on to win the game, as they led by 17 heading into halftime. In the win, Donovan Mitchell led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 57.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Cavaliers picked up the 128-96 win over the Bulls. The Cavaliers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 1.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Cavaliers have a record of 3-0 vs the Bulls. 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. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Cavaliers have averaged 112 points per game compared to 106 for Chicago. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Cleveland. A combined average of 218 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 17th ranked scoring offense at 114.2 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.1 per contest. If the Bulls offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 13th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
On defense, the Bulls will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 17th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Small-Forward DeMar DeRozan currently leads the Bulls at 25.7 points per game. For the season, he is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, DeRozan is averaging 4.8 boards and 5.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 16th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Zach LaVine enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 51 games, he is averaging 23.9 and is 84th in the league in player efficiency rating.
The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 25th ranked scoring offense at 111.9 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 95.9 per contest. Although the Cavaliers have a current effective field goal percentage of 55.7%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Against the Bulls, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.
On offense, Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 26.9 points per game, placing him 13th in the NBA. Overall, Mitchell has hit 47.5% of his shots while accounting for 23.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 15th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 21.8 points per game, Darius Garland is the 2nd leading scorer for the Cavaliers. For the season, he is 66th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.3%.
Bulls vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls +5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 224.0