Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
|Date & Time||Monday January 21, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
Quicken Loans Arena
The Line: Cleveland +2 -- Over/Under 213.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Monday afternoon.
The Chicago Bulls have been in a serious slump as they will be looking to snap an ugly 10-game losing streak after falling to the Heat in a 117-103 home loss on Saturday. Zach LaVine led the team with 22 points and six assists, Bobby Portis added 21 points off the bench while Lauri Markkanen chipped in with 20 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Bulls shot just 39 percent from the field as they hung with the Heat in the first half before getting blown out by 62-46 in a second half collapse. With the loss, Chicago fell to 10-35 overall and 5-17 at home.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won just one of their last 16 games and they will be looking to snap a three-game skid after getting blown out by the Nuggets in a 124-102 road loss on Saturday. Ante Zizic put up nice numbers with 23 points on nine of 12 shooting, Rodney Hood added 18 points while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line but this game was out of reach in the blink of an eye as the Cavaliers were already trailing by 24 points going into halftime. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 9-38 overall and 4-21 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Cavaliers 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the Bulls are 27-9 ATS in the last 36 meetings overall and 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Cleveland.
Here we have two of the worst teams of the Eastern Conference coming together and we couldn’t have a closer matchup as the Bulls have lost 10 straight while the Cavaliers have lost 15 of their last 16. However, the Bulls are 27-9 ATS in the last 36 meetings overall and 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Cleveland. That isn’t much to go with because the truth is that both teams are equally terrible right now, but I’m taking the Bulls in what is a lean at best.