Bulls vs. Cavaliers - 4/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (56-23) at Chicago Bulls (39-40)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, ABC
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls clash late Saturday night at the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for another win after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 104.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 98 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.2 points and 7.5 rebounds while Kevin Love is averaging 15.9 points and 2.4 assists. J.R. Smith is dishing 1.7 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last eight road games.
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The Chicago Bulls are desperate for a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.5 points and 4.2 assists. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and E'Twaun Moore is dishing 1.7 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost three straight home games.
The Cavaliers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
I'm not a fan of this line, but the Chicago Bulls are still somewhat in the playoff race and have to win out in order to have any chance. The Cavs are easily the better team here, but this is a lot of points to lay with a desprate team at home.