Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/30/13
Chicago Bulls (7-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (4-11)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +3 -- Over/Under: 182.5 See the Latest Odds
Kyrie Irving hopes to help the Cleveland Cavaliers snap a five-game skid when they host the Chicago Bulls tonight.
There was so much hype about the Cavaliers coming into the season but they've been nothing but disappointing so far as shown by their 4-12 record. Despite their lack of form, they heading into Boston as slight favorites last night but played nothing like it as they were trounced by the Celtics by 103-86. Dion Waiters led the team with 21 points off the bench, while Kyrie Irving continued his struggles with just 17 points and three assists with four turnovers. As a team, the Cavs shot just 37.2 percent from the field but this game was over before the start of the second quarter as the Cavs were outscored in the first quarter by 28-10.
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On the other hand, the Bulls look to be getting over their loss of Derrick Rose as they head into tonight off a 99-79 win against the Pistons behind 27 points from Luol Deng and 23 points from Taj Gibson. However, it was actually on the defensive end where the Bulls flexed their muscle in holding the Pistons to just 26 points in the second half, including just 11 in the fourth. The win snaps a four-game skid and elevates the Bulls to 7-7 on the season and 2-7 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five against Eastern Conference opponents, while the Cavs are 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.
Head to head, the Bulls are 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavs are seriously struggling to win games this season and I can't see how they can turn things around against a well-rested Bulls team. I think this one is pretty simple.