Cavaliers vs. Bulls - 1/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (27-15) at Cleveland Cavaliers (21-20)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
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The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers play Monday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last seven games and play their third road game of the month. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.6 points and 3.3 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.9 points and 11.4 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.2 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are really struggling on the defensive end during this stretch, allowing 50.4 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Bulls have lost four of their last five games when allowing 100-plus points. The Bulls have won 15 of their 27 games on the road.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a third straight win when they play their third home game of the month. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 100.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.2 points and 5.1 assists. J.R. Smith is shooting 41 percent from the field and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won their last two games but are still struggling on defense, as they’re allowing 49.9 percent shooting in their last five contests. The Cavs have allowed 100-plus points in six straight games. Kevin Love is questionable for this game with a back injury.
The Bulls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland and 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
I'll go out on a limb here and back a Cavs team at home with the tiny chalk. The Bulls are just in a tough funk right now and a road game against a talented offensive team won't help.