The Cleveland Cavaliers have been mired in a funk in the month of March, but head coach Tyronn Lue is confident his team can turn things around ahead of the postseason. The Cavs, who are 6-9 SU in March, will look to right the ship against the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City on Thursday. Sportsbooks opened the wine and gold as 5.5-point road chalk with a total of 212.5.
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- The Cavaliers are 0-4 SU in their last four games against the Bulls.
- The total has gone OVER in three of the Cavaliers’ last four games against the Bulls.
- The Bulls are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 5.5 or less.
Cleveland briefly relinquished the top spot in the Eastern Conference after an ugly 103-74 loss to San Antonio on Monday but regained the first seed after the Boston Celtics fell to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The biggest issue for the Cavs has been defense, as they’re surrendering an average of 114.8 points while going 2-4 SU on the last six games.
Chicago currently occupies the ninth spot in the East and will play its next two contests against teams above them in the conference with a date with the Atlanta Hawks on tap for Saturday. The most interesting angle for this game is the Bulls’ success when playing on TNT. Chicago has won 19 in a row when playing in one of the featured nationwide Thursday TNT games, and they’ll be in that spot again tonight.
The Bulls have enjoyed a lot of success against the Cavs lately, winning six of the last seven in the series.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Chicago Bulls as 6-point underdogs in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 212.5 earlier at Bovada.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 112-100 win for the Bulls. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Chicago Bulls sport a record of 35-39 and 37-37 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sit at 47-26 and 32-39-2 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 32-42 for the Chicago Bulls and 41-30-2 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Cleveland injuries news.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Chicago Bulls rated this week at No. 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers sitting at No. 21.
The game also pits Chicago’s No. 23-ranked offense averaging 102.43 PPG, against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 21 at 106.82 PPG. The Chicago Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 44.3% so far, less than the Cleveland Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.95% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Cleveland was run off the court by the Spurs on Monday as San Antonio blasted them 103-74 at AT&T Center.
Chicago got 20 points and 14 assists from Jimmy Butler en route to a 109-94 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday at Bradley Center.
- Cleveland is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
- Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Chicago is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games
- Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Cleveland home to Philadelphia, Friday, March 31st
Chicago home to Atlanta, Saturday, April 1st