Cleveland Cavaliers (22-14) vs. Chicago Bulls (15-19)
December 31, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Bulls +4.5; Over/Under: +223.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the Untied Center. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 3 straight games. The Chicago Bulls have won 5 of their last 6 games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.9 points and 4.5 assists, while Darius Garland is averaging 20.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Evan Mobley is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.
The Chicago Bulls are averaging 113.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 47.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 26.5 points and 5 assists, while Zach LaVine is averaging 22.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Ayo Dosunmu is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.
The Cavaliers are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Bulls last 11 overall. The Cavaliers are 16-34 ATS in the last 50 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls are enjoying a nice week, but I still lack confidence in them, especially on defense, and they’re on the end of a back to back, which doesn’t help. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the rest advantage they’re easily the more trustworthy team, and they win by an average of 7.6 points in the favorite role. The line is reasonable. Give me the Cavs.