Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls PIck-Odds-Prediction 1/22/14
Chicago Bulls (20-20) at Cleveland Cavaliers (15-26)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 188 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls head to Cleveland on Wednesday to face off against the Cavs.
The Cleveland Cavs are currently 15-26 on the year, but are playing in the black at home, going 10-9 this season. Cleveland is far from impressive statistically, but Kyrie Irving is again having a solid season for the Cavs, as Irving is averaging 21.6 points per game this season, while also leading the team in assists per game with 6.1. The Cavs are just in their second game here in a long home stretch, following a tough five game road trip which saw the Cavs go 3-2. Their last game was against the Mavs in Cleveland, and the Cavs fell to Dallas 102-97 on Monday.
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The Chicago Bulls are right at the .500 point on the year as something has sparked in this Chicago team, and now the Bulls are playing their best ball of the season. Chicago is still in second place in the Central, and even though the Bulls are playing better, Chicago has no real chance of catching the first place Pacers at this point. Chicago has won two out of their last three, and three out of their last five heading into this meeting with the Cavs. On the road this season the Bulls have struggled somewhat, going 7-12 overall away from home.
The Bulls are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a game where they allowed triple digits, and the Bulls are 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games. The Bulls are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five following an ATS loss.
The Cavs are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games at home, and the Cavs are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a losing record on the road.
I have to take the Bulls in this spot. Chicago has played well this season, and even though the Bulls have struggled on the road at times, getting points with the much better defense and rebounding team looks like the side to be on here.