Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers OddsNoah Williams
The NBA returns from the All-Star break with an exciting game featuring the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game tips off on TNT this Thursday, February 18th at 8:00 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cavs were thoroughly embarrassed in their last meeting with the Bulls, losing by double digits as double-digit home favorites in head coach Tyronn Lue’s first game after replacing David Blatt. Since then, the two squads are heading in different directions. The Cavs have bathed in Lue’s kool-aid going 8-2 straight-up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 while the bulls have lost seven of nine SU and ATS.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Odds
The NBA betting odds have the Cavaliers as 11.5-point favorites to beat the Bulls. The game total is currently at 207 points. The moneyline favors the Cavs at -1000 while you can cash in at +600 if you back the Bulls.
What: Chicago Bulls (27-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (38-14)
When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Cleveland, OH
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
Spread: Cavs -11.5
Moneyline: Chicago +600 vs Cleveland -1000
Game Total: 207
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: Chicago vs Cleveland
Why Bet The Chicago Bulls To Beat The Cavaliers Odds at +10.5
It’s hard bet on the Bulls after they have lost four straight and six of the last seven. However getting 10.5-points in a rivalry game may be too to pass up. After all, the Bulls have won both games vs the Cavs this season, away and at home.
Chicago won’t have Jimmy Butler in the line up, their leading scorer and top defender, to a knee injury. Can Derrick Rose, who has averages 15.9 points per game this season, take advantage of his increased looks?
“It’s been difficult,” coach Fred Hoiberg said to the Chicago Sun Time. “Nobody feels sorry for us. And we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. You do that and teams pounce all over you. And it gets ugly. When you’re struggling a little bit, it is human nature when you get off to a slow start is to put your head down. We can’t afford to do that.”
Since losing Butler to a knee injury, Chicago has dropped four in a row SU and ATS. Do the Bulls have what it takes to win without Butler?
Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers To Beat The Bulls Odds at +10.5
The Cavs have by far the most talented roster in the East and they will face a short-handed Bulls teams on a losing streak. With the squad buying into coach Tyronn Lue’s high-tempo offense is he the boost the Cavs need to win in the NBA finals?
Cleveland won three in a row before the All-Star break. Two of those three wins were by double digits against Sacramento and New Orleans. The other was a nine-point victory against the Lakers. Need another reason to bet on the Cavs? They have won 12 of the last 15 games at home against Eastern Conference opponents.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
- Chicago is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
- Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Cleveland is 7-17 ATS in its last 24 games when playing Chicago
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Cleveland should be able to take advantage of Butler’s absence, especially leading scorer LeBron James. Butler was able to hold James to 11-of-27 shots from the floor and 0-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to 26 points in the last meeting. The return of Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova will also help exploit Chicago.
The Bulls are simply too weak now to compete in this matchup, so I’m backing the Cavs to win big and cover the spread.
My final score prediction is Bulls 88, Cavs 103.