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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (8-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-25)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 204
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The Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday night.

The Chicago Bulls have been in a rut as they’ve lost 12 of their last 15 games but they will be feeling pretty good about themselves after dispelling the Magic in a 90-80 home win on Friday. Lauri Markkanen led the team with a season-high 32 points on 12 of 20 shooting, Robin Lopez added 14 points off the bench while Kris Dunn chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 44 percent from the field and just five of 17 from the 3-point line but this game was won with defense as the Bulls held the Magic to just 32 percent shooting from the field. With the much-needed win, Chicago improved to 8-25 on the season and 5-12 at home.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the shorthanded Raptors in a 126-110 road loss on Friday. Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring with 20 points and four assists off the bench, Collin Sexton added 17 points on six of 17 shooting while Larry Nance Jr. chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the 3-point line as they kept in touch with the Raptors for most of the game until the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 27-17. The Cavaliers just had no answer for the Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard who poured in 37 points on 12 of 16 shooting.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last six Sunday games, 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400 and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on one days rest.

Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Bulls are 26-9 ATS in the last 35 meetings overall and the Bulls are 17-4 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Cleveland.

Two of the bottom teams in the Eastern Conference collide tonight as the Bulls pay a visit to the Cavaliers on Sunday. The Bulls went through some major struggles earlier in the season, but with the return of Markkanen, they were able to pull out a rare win over the Magic on Friday. The Cavaliers have gone through their own struggles this season and they were blown off the court against the Raptors in their last outing. This is definitely a game I’d rather steer away from as I can’t trust either team, but if I had to pick, I’d side with the shorthanded Bulls who are 17-4 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Cleveland.


Chicago +1.5
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