Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/18/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM (United Center)
Bulls -3.5 O/U
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls in a battle of two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season. The Bulls and Cavaliers have struggled as late, both winning just three games out of their last ten. The Bulls, however, won their last game with a 115-106 victory over the Washington Wizards to improve their record to 15-27. Cleveland has lost their last two games being dominated back to back by the LA teams, with the Lakers winning 128-99 and the Clippers winning 128-103 to drop the Cavaliers record to 12-29 on the year.
The Bulls come in with the 25th ranked scoring offense in the NBA averaging 106 points per game while shooting 43.6% as a team. The Bulls are led by point guard Zach Levine who averages 24.6 points while adding 4.6 rebounds and 4 assists. Leading the Bulls in rebounding is Wendall Carter Jr. who averages 9.9 rebounds per game while adding 11.7 points. Another key contributor this season is Lauri Markkanen who averages 15 points per game and adds 6.6 rebounds for the Bulls.
The Cavaliers come in averaging 104.9 points per game which ranks 27th in the NBA but are shooting a solid 45.1% from the field as a team. Leading the Cavaliers is veteran forward Kevin Love who averages 17 points per game and adds 10.4 rebounds and 3 assists to rank 2nd on the team in those categories. Leading the Cavaliers in scoring is point guard Collin Sexton who averages 18.8 points per game while center Tristan Thompson leads the way in rebounding with 10.5 per game and adds 12.8 points to go with it. Rookie Darius Garland leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game and also adds 12.3 points per contest.
Chicago has been stout on the defensive end this season scoring 107.7 points per game to rank them 10th in the NBA in scoring defense. Cleveland has allowed opponents to score 114 points per game and rank 23rd in the NBA scoring defense.
The Cavaliers have been a nightmare to bet this season with a 17-22-2 record ATS while the Bulls come in with a 20-21-2 record ATS but have only covered the spread in two of their last eight games. The Cavaliers have also struggled as of late with a 2-7 record ATS in their last nine games. Final score prediction, the Bulls pull away late and get the necessary stops on defense to win and cover the spread.