The Cleveland Cavaliers (12-33), who are currently riding a six-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Chicago Bulls (17-30) to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 217 points with Chicago set as a 1-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.
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In the Bulls’ last game, they fell to the Sacramento Kings, 98-81, despite being 1-point favorites. Zach LaVine had a solid game for Chicago, leading both teams in scoring with 21 points on 8-for-21 shooting. Sacramento did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (18-21; 85.7 percent). Chicago, on the other hand, held the Kings to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below their season average of 22.4). The two teams combined to score 179 points, which finished well under the O/U total of 219.
The Cavaliers were unable to cover as 2.5-point favorites in their 124-112 loss to the Washington Wizards in their last game. With 22 points and 12 rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. put together a good performance for Cleveland. Washington made 16 of their 36 three pointers (44.4 percent). Cleveland, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 7.2 (better than their season average of 14.0). The two clubs collectively scored 236 points, which came in over the O/U total of 231.5.
This could end up being an error-filled game for the offense of Cleveland. Cleveland ranks 29th in the league in ball protection (turnover percentage of 15.3 percent), while the disruptive defense of Chicago forces the most turnovers in the NBA (17.1 percent). Furthermore, the Bulls rank 22nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.183), while the Cavaliers rank first in opponents’ FTA rate (0.157).
Of Chicago’s 46 games with betting action, 23 have finished under the projected point total, while 24 of Cleveland’s 45 games have finished over the projected point total. The Bulls hold a significant advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 17-30 SU and 22-24 ATS, while the Cavaliers are 12-33 SU and 19-24-2 ATS.
These two teams have already met twice this year, each winning once. LaVine scored a game-high 42 points in the most recent matchup, in which the Bulls beat the Cavaliers 118-116 but could not cover as 7-point favorites. He also recorded six rebounds and five steals. The two teams combined to put up 234 points, which was 19.5 points above the projected point total of 214.5 points. Chicago had a much better turnover percentage (11.3 vs. 24.5). Cleveland, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (24.1 vs. 12.1).
Bulls vs. Cavaliers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Bulls, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Over
Chicago ranks sixth in fast break points allowed per game (12.1) while Cleveland ranks 27th (15.1).
Cleveland ranks 20th in rebounds per game (44.2) while Chicago ranks 26th (42.7).
The Bulls average 35.2 three pointers per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Cavaliers rank 11th in three pointers allowed per game (33.0).
Chicago is 11-11 ATS on the road, while Cleveland is 8-13-1 ATS at home.
Cleveland is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Chicago is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 12.6, up from 9.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 100.6 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.0 points per game (0.7 below their season average).