Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers Pick - Odds Analysis

January 21, 1:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Bulls -2

The defending Eastern Conference Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host their divisional rivals the Chicago Bulls at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST and will be broadcasted on NBA TV. The two teams have met twice this season with Chicago winning both contests. Most recently, Chicago mangled Cleveland on their own court by a score of 112-92 to defeat the Cavaliers as a one-point underdog when they last met on December 23rd.

Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Overview

Chicago Bulls
There is no way to sugar-coat it, the Bulls have been in abysmal form as of late. Chicago enters into this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day contest on the heels of a ten-game losing streak. Over this span, the Bulls have gone 2-7-1 ATS and quite frankly have looked like a team to avoid at all costs. Most recently, Chicago was thrashed at home on Saturday when they hosted the Miami Heat and fell 117-103 failing to cover as a 3.5-point underdog.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland’s performance does not sit much better by any means compared to their divisional foes. In their last ten outings, Cleveland has won just once and covered only twice over this span. Most recently, Cleveland was pummeled on the road at the Denver Nuggets on Saturday where they failed to cover as a 17.5-point underdog in a 124-102 loss.

Reasons To Back Chicago

Of the two teams entering this clash of lackluster squads, Chicago enters in worse form comparatively. This is the first time that Chicago has been favored over their ten-game losing streak which resonates strongly with us as we would expect Chicago to take back an inflated point spread given the fact they are in a spot where many would avoid them at all costs. It is even more eye-popping that the Bulls are spotting the points on the road given their lowly 5-18 SU away record.

Reasons To Avoid Cleveland

On the opposite side of this revelation, we saw 77% of the general public take to the underdog Cleveland at the time this article was written. To say such a substantial lean on the points suggests that the favorite is clearly potentially undervalued which makes the Cavaliers here a dicey proposition. The fact also remains Cleveland is the worst team in the NBA regarding wins and losses and are appropriately priced as a result of this.

Bulls at Cavaliers Prediction Jan 21/2019

Though it will not be a win to herald in by any means, the Bulls will be able to delight in finally getting the monkey off their back and ending their nasty skid. When you factor in Chicago’s ability to play better defense compared to their counterparts (a 2.3 point swing to their favor), the Bulls should be able to get the buckets they need to cover while they are at it as well.

Free Pick: 
Take Chicago -2

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