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NBA Selection – Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls Betting Pick

Thursday night in NBA action sees the 33-21 Cleveland Cavaliers go into the United Center in Chicago to take on the 33-20 Chicago Bulls; tip off time is 8:00PM EST.

Betting Odds


Point Spread:
Cleveland -1
Over/Under Total: 201.5

Thursday night in NBA action sees the 33-31 Cleveland Cavaliers go into the United Center in Chicago to take on the 33-20 Chicago Bulls; tip off time is 8:00PM EST.

In the Cavaliers’ last game they played host to the Miami Heat beating them 113-93 wasily covering the posted spread of 12 points. Cleveland has now won 14 of their last 15 games overall getting the betting line cover in 12 of the 15 games! Chicago played Sacramento winning 104-86 in their last game not only winning but also covering the line as an 11 point home favorite. The win was the third straight for the Bulls who had dropped three in a row before the min win streak.
Both teams scoring wise have averaged 102 points per game and have allowed an average of 99 points to their opponents which are consistent with their winning records. Both teams have been successful at the charity line with the Bulls holding a slight edge 78.4% to 75.3%. Cleveland holds the edge from behind the arc with 9.1 three pointers per game compared to 6.4 by Chicago.
Cleveland is 32-21 straight up on the year and is a mediocre 25-28 against the spread, while Chicago has one more win 33-20 they have been marginally worse against the spread with a record of 24-29. Neither of these teams has been very successful in providing a positive cash flow for their backers.
These two teams have met twice this season once in October 2014 in Cleveland and again in January at Chicago of this year. Cleveland won each match-up and covered the 4.5 and 4 betting spreads on both occasions.

ATS Betting Trends

Cleveland

Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Cavaliers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Cavaliers are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference.
Cavaliers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central.

Chicago

Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Bulls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Bulls are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest.
Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.

Injury Reports

CLEVELAND
Anderson Vareja Out For Season (ankle)

CHICAGO
Jimmy Butler Day-to-Day (shoulder)
Kirk Hinrich Day-to-Day (foot)

Sagarin Power Rankings

Chicago Bulls 92.63
Cleveland Cavaliers 92.25

Free Pick

Certainly both of these teams will want to go into the break on winning note. The Cavs unfortunately will playing back to back with travel in this spot, but still are the team to beat. The Bulls 3-game run has come against New Orleans, Orlando and Sacramento holders of a combined 62-99 won/loss record on the season. Since the point spread on the game is a non-factor we’ll side with the hot team here.

Take the Cleveland Cavaliers -1

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