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Cavaliers vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
- Where: Chicago at United Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds CHI +4, CLE -176 | CHI +143 O/U 224.5
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-14. So far, the team has gone 19-16-1 against the spread. The Cavaliers head into today’s action in the midst of a 3 game-losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -9.33.
Cleveland is coming off a disappointing 135-126 loss to the Pacers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Cleveland let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Donovan Mitchell, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
Chicago heads into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-19. So far, the team has gone 18-17-0 against the spread. Chicago comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 10.0 points per game.
The Bulls will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pistons by a score of 132-118. Heading into the game, they were 7-point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Chicago held just a 2-point lead at the half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 14-point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Zach LaVine, as he contributed 43 points while hitting 75.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last year, the Cavaliers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Bulls, averaging 101.0 points per game. Like the Cavaliers, the Bulls scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 102.0 points per game vs Cleveland. Although the Bulls have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-2, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Cleveland, as they averaged 106 points per game while allowing 100. Cleveland and Chicago averaged a combined 206 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 24th-ranked scoring offense at 111.5 points per game and will look to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 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.
So far, the Cavaliers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 5th in the league at 105.67 points per contest.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Darius Garland, who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 21.4 points per game. At the time of this article, Garland is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 80th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Cleveland benefit from having both of their top scorers as Donovan Mitchell leads the team and is 9th in the league in scoring (28.4). For today’s matchup, he will be going against a defense ranked 11th in points allowed to shooting guards.
Through 35 games, the Bulls are averaging 114.1 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA. For the season, the Bulls have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 12th in the NBA in possessions per game. Not only is the team playing at an up-tempo pace, but they have been able to pair this style with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA at 48.5%.
Currently, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
Small-Forward DeMar DeRozan currently leads the Bulls at 26.3 points per game. For the season, he is 29th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, DeRozan is averaging 5.2 boards and 5.0 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 26th-ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Zach LaVine enters the game, sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 31 games, he is averaging 22.9 points and is 84th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Cavaliers vs Bulls Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls +4
- Free Total Prediction: Over 224.5