Cavaliers at Bulls - 10/27/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (67-35) at Chicago Bulls (56-38)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls open their season Tuesday at the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to make another run towards the NBA Finals now that their team is healthy. The Cavs will start the season without Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert but are in far better shape than when we last saw them. Right now, LeBron James and Kevin Love will carry the Cavaliers, while another season of Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith is sure to help. The Cleveland Cavaliers also have a healthy Anderson Varejao, while Tristan Thompson is a paid, happy man who is ready to take his game to the next level. Even without a couple of key guys out, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a deep and talented team that is hoping to build an early lead in the watered down Eastern Conference.
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The Chicago Bulls have not missed the playoffs since 2007 and begin this year with a new coach in Fred Hoiberg. The Bulls certainly have what it takes to make a deep run in the East, as a trio of Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Rose is expected to play despite an eye injury in the preseason. For the Chicago Bulls, it all comes down to their depth, as Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich have to provide more productive minutes. It would also be nice if the Bulls worked in some of their younger players which includes Doug McDermott and Bobby Portis, guys who can take a load off the aging stars. The Bulls have the talent, it now comes down to what a new coaching staff is going to be able to do differently than former coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Even with the Cavs missing a couple of guys, they're still a pretty damn good basketball team and have the top player in the world. The Bulls have a new coach and were rather shaky towards the end of last season. Looked old. I think the value is on the Cavs here.