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Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

Cleveland Cavaliers (9-15) at Chicago Bulls (9-16)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -3.5 -- Over/Under: 185 See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Cavs head to Chicago on Saturday to face off against the Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls are currently sitting at 9-16 this season, and are a staggering 11.5 games back of the first place Pacers.  The Bulls have been reliant on stout defense and decent offense the past few seasons, but without Rose yet again, this team is scoring just 91.4 points per game on average, ranking the offense 29th in the league.  The defense is there once again, as the Bulls are ranked third in the league in scoring defense on the year, holding opponents to an average of 19.6 points per game.

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/21/13

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The Cleveland Cavs are sitting at 10-15 this season, but on the road the Cavs are one of the worst teams in the league this season, going just 2-11 away from home on the year.  The Cavs are also struggling offensively, scoring just 96.1 points per game, but the defense for Cleveland is nowhere near the level of Chicago’s as the Cavs are giving up an average of 101.2 points per game this season.  The Cavs have won three out of their last five heading into this meeting with the Bulls, including a road win against the Magic last week.

The Cavs are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, and in their last five games played on Saturdays, the Cavs are 4-1 against the spread.  The Cavs are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games played following an outright win. 

The Bulls are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five Saturday games, and the Bulls are also just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games following an outright loss.  The favorite in this matchup is 8-2 against the spread in the last ten meetings.

I have the Bulls winning but by just one point so I am going to take the points here. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers +3.5

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