Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls will be gunning for their fourth consecutive victory on tonight when LeBron James, Kevin Love and Cleveland Cavaliers visit the United Center in the third meeting between these two Central Division rivals this season.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 12, 2015
The tilt opened as a pick’em in the NBA betting lines and as of this morning the Cavs sit as one-point favorites over the Bulls. The game total is 201.5. The game tips-off at 8:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT and streamed live on TNT Overtime.
Cavs Vs Bulls NBA Betting Lines, Final Score Prediction & How to Watch
Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
Date: Feb. 12, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Cleveland Vs Chicago
Point Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers -1
Game Total: 201.5
The Cavs lead the season series 2-0. The first time they faced the Bulls was on October 31st and Cleveland squeaked out a 114-108 win at the United Center. The second matchup came on January 19 the Quick Loans Arena in Cleveland and the home team pulled out 108-94 victory, lifted by a 26 point performance by James.
"We’ve got to decide when enough is enough," a disgusted Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after the defeat in Cleveland. "We’ve got to get better. It’s really that simple. The way we’re playing is not acceptable, so we have to change it."
The Bulls are 14-6 straight up in their last 20 games against Cleveland and 12-8 against the spread in those meetings, but as mentioned, the Bulls are 0-2 both SU and ATS this season against the Cavs. When they played in Chicago in the second head-to-head contest of the season, the Bulls were a 4.5 favorite, and in the second game of the series in Cleveland the Cavs were 4.5 point favorites. Three of the last four games in the series, going back to last year, ended UNDER the game total.
Chicago (32-20 SU, 23-29 ATS) has the 10th best offensive team in the NBA averaging 101.9 points per game, but they allow 99.3 PPG, 14th ranked in the league. The Bulls are the 3rd best rebounding team and the 16th in assist. Shooting guard Jimmy Butler leads the squad with 20.7 points per night and 1.9 steals, followed by Derrick Rose with 18.6 PPG and Pau Gasol with 18.3 PPG.
BullsTV shows us how the Bulls topped the Kings https://t.co/WjrVxLKun8
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 11, 2015
Cleveland (32-21 SU, 25-28 ATS) ranks 9th in points scored with 102.0 per night, and their defense is 12th in the NBA, allowing 99.2 PPG. The Cavs rank 18th in rebounds and 12th in assists per game and Lebron James is their leading scorer with 26.0 points per game, tracked closely by Kyrie Irving 21.9 PPG and Kevin Love with 17.1 PPG.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 2-8 ATS in their last ten games as a home favorite and 8-16 ATS at home this season. The Cavs are 1-9 ATS in their last ten games as an underdog, 10-14 ATS playing away from home but 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall.