Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/11/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) at Chicago Bulls (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -8 -- Over/Under: 186 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls look to continue their dominance over Kyrie Irving and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night from the United Center.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings while the road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Bulls are 6-22-1 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games, 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have won their last meeting against Chicago, but the Bulls have had their number for quite some time now. That 101-98 victory by the Cavs in late February snapped a streak of 11 straight wins by the Bulls. In fact, no team has dominated another quite like Chicago has done with Cleveland since the start of 2012 as they had won six straight games by an average of 26.1 points per game. In that span, the Bulls average points per game was 110 points, which far and away better than their average of the last couple of seasons under the defensive minded Tom Thibodeau.
Chicago themselves has been far from dominate to start this season, winning just two of a possible five games as Derrick Rose continues to work his way into game shape. Rose has found the going tough after an 18-month layoff, averaging 14.4 points on just 32 percent shooting through the first to weeks of action. The Bulls however, are coming off their biggest win of the season on Friday night, demolition the winless Utah Jazz 97-73 from the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have also had a rough start to the season, although they are coming off an 127-125 double-overtime victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night to conclude their home-and-home series with the 76ers. It was a much needed win for the Cavs, who had went down 97-79 in Philadelphia the night prior. Kyrie Irving had his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring 39 points to go along with 12 assists while Dion Waiters added 24 points and Jarret Jack added 20 of his own off the bench.
Lets be honest, neither the Bulls or Cavaliers are playing good basketball at the moment. Because of this, taking the points seems like the logical way to go, but I just can’t ignore the dominance that Chicago has had over Cleveland these past couple of years. Although both teams are struggling to score this season, I can see the Bulls putting the clamps down defensively and pulling away late in the game to get the cover....
Dan's Pick: Chicago -8