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NBA: Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 1/15/2024

The Chicago Bulls (19-22) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-15) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Bulls vs Cavaliers

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The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Bulls took down the Spurs by a score of 122-116. Going into the game, the Bulls were favored by -6.5 and their 6 point win was not enough to cover the spread. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 229 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.

As they prepare to take on the Cavaliers, the Bulls have an overall record of 19-22 this season. When looking at their home and road splits, the Bulls are 13-10 at home and 6-12 on the road.

Chicago holds a .500 ATS record for the season, standing at 20-20 ATS. During this season, Chicago has a 8-9 record against the spread as favorites and 12-11 as underdogs.

The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Cavaliers took down the Nets by a score of 111-102. the Cavaliers not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -3.5-point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 213 points ended up below the over/under line of 221.5.

Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers have an overall record of 22-15 and have won four straight games. When playing against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are 14-9 compared to an 8-6 record in non-conference games.

Currently, Cleveland holds an above .500 ATS record of 18-17 so far this year. Cleveland has gone 11-10 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 7-7 when playing as underdogs.

Bulls Offense Breakdown

Through 41 games games, Chicago is averaging 110.6 points per game (27th).

This season, the Bulls have struggled to score, ranking 27th in the league at 110.6 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 110.1 points per game.

Chicago has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 34.1% of their games and are currently 26th in field goal percentage at 45%. In terms of pace, they are the slowest team in the league, averaging just 96.6 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Bulls are 23rd in made threes at 11.9 per game. They are also below average in both free throw attempts and assists.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 113.2 points per game.

Despite being just 15th in three-point shooting at 35%, the Cavaliers are 12th in three-point attempts at 36.3 per game. At home, the Cavs are averaging 114.1 points per game.

The Cavs are 22nd in pace at 98.1 possessions per game. So far, they have outscored the NBA average in just 37.8% of their games.

Overall, Cleveland is 20th in scoring at 113.2 points per game. They are 15th in field goal percentage (47%) and 13th in assists (26.4 per game).

Bulls Team Defense

On average, the Chicago defense is giving up 112.5 points per game (12th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Inside the arc, the Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.2% and 36.5% from three-point territory.

Cavaliers Team Defense

So far this season, the Cavaliers defense has been performing well, ranking 4th in the NBA at 111.3 points allowed per contest. For the season, Cleveland is ranked 17th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 23.7 free-throws per game vs. the Cavaliers and have an overall field goal percentage of 46.2%.

Key Players For The Bulls And Cavaliers

In today’s game, we anticipate Zach LaVine leading the scoring for the Bulls, contributing 23 points while shooting 8/16 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 20.1 points per game, in addition to 5.3 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Donovan Mitchell as the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 28 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.7%, and his scoring average is 27.9 points per game.

Bulls vs Cavaliers Trends

  • Across their five previous road games, Chicago has an ATS mark of 1-3-1. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-2 while averaging 109 points per game.
  • Cleveland has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 112 points per game while allowing 113. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-1-1.
  • As the betting underdog, the Bulls have an ATS mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. Chicago posted a straight up mark of 4-6 in these matchups.
  • In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Cavaliers have a strong straight up record of 5-0. In addition, their ATS record was 4-1 in these scenarios.

Bulls vs Cavaliers Prediction

In this Bulls vs. Cavaliers matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Bulls at +4. While we project the Cavaliers to win 112-110, our recommendation is to bet on the Bulls for the point-spread.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 220 and given that our model is projecting 222 points between the teams, we like the over.

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