Cleveland Cavaliers (39-29) at Chicago Bulls (24-44)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +6.5 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27 points and nine assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 13.4 points and 2.2 assists. Larry Nance Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last six road games.
The Chicago Bulls look to play spoiler after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 47 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 16.7 points and three assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is dishing 2.2 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last eight home games.
The Cavaliers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games and 16-35 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 8-25 ATS in the last 33 meetings, the underdog is 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls are banged up and are no longer looking to win games, as losing only helps them get a better draft pick. The Cleveland Cavaliers should be able to beat up on the Bulls, but they're still brutal defensively and continue to be one of the worst covering teams in the league. Fading the Cavs long term this season has proven to be one of the better bets you can make, even if you lose some here and there. Give me Chicago and the points.