Cavaliers vs. Bulls - 2/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (27-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (38-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -12 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Chicago Bulls could use a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 17 points and 10.9 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 assists. Taj Gibson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.4 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last six road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25 points and 7.1 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 19 points and 4.5 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.3 rebounds and Mo Williams is dishing 2.7 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six of their last seven home games. Matthew Dellavedova is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings overall.
I hate the Cavs and big chalk, as they're not nearly as good as people are making them out to be. However, the Bulls will continue to struggle with Jimmy Butler out. I have to side with the home team here, but the best bet would probably be to leave this game alone.