NBA Matchups  >>  Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls Preview 01/07/2013

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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls meet at United Center.
Oddsmakers currently have the Bulls listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game's total is sitting at 187½.
Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 112-104 loser as they battled the Rockets at home. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 216 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Chicago won its last outing, a 96-89 result against the Heat on January 4. The Bulls covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 185 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Cleveland:
Team record: 8-27 SU, 15-20 ATS

The total has gone OVER in 4 of last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games

When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Houston are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7

Chicago:
Team record: 18-13 SU, 11-20 ATS
Current streak: won 2 straight games.

is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of last 21 games

When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a win are 5-5


NEXT UP:
Cleveland home to Atlanta, Wednesday, January 9
Chicago home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, January 9