Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 10/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0) at Chicago Bulls (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSN-OH, CSN-CHI
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls play Friday night at the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were shocked in LeBron’s return home, as they lost their season opener Thursday night against the New York Knicks, 95-90. The Cavaliers turned the ball over 19 times and allowed the Knicks to shoot 53.6 percent from the field. Kyrie Irving led the way with 22 points and Kevin Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds. LeBron James seemed overwhelmed at times, shooting a poor 5-15 from the field and turning the ball over eight times. The Cleveland Cavaliers overall performance had a little to do with nerves, but they were simply outplayed by a Knicks team that seemed to want to spoil the party and make up for a poor performance against the Bulls on Wednesday. One concern the Cavs have to have is the fact their bench scored only 12 points. Depth was an issue for the Cavaliers heading into this season and they’ll need guys to step up in order to compete for a title.
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The Chicago Bulls dominated the New York Knicks in their season opener by winning, 104-80. The Bulls shot 50.7 percent from the field and held the Knicks to just 36.5 percent shooting. Pau Gasol looked very comfortable with his new team by producing 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Taj Gibson scored an impressive 22 points off the bench. Derrick Rose continues to ease his way into the lineup, as he played only 21 minutes and shot 3-7 from the field with five assists. Rookie Doug McDermott scored 12 points in 24 minutes and should continue to be that much needed spark off the Bulls bench. Overall, the Bulls looked very impressive in their season opener and will be a team to be very afraid of if they can continue to produce effective offensive numbers.
The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to need some time before they become this dominant super team. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls are pretty much the same team they were a season ago and have much of that chemistry down already. When you combine that with the home crowd, I see the Bulls winning and covering the small number.