A battle between two Central Division teams takes place at the United Center this Wednesday. The Chicago Bulls play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers after picking up back-to-back road defeats and their fourth consecutive loss. Meanwhile, the Cavs have a shot at recording another six-game winning streak if they take this one home.
NitroBetting checks out the Cavaliers vs. Bulls game details in detail. We share event details, team and player statistics, and the latest NBA betting odds. On top of that, we help you secure the best picks by providing betting trends and our very own expert predictions.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls Game Information
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: WMMS 100.7 FM (Cavs) / 670 The Score (Bulls)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Cavs (-1.5) / Bulls (+1.5)
Why Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Cavaliers are heavy on defense, limiting teams to 102.5 points (second) per game on 44.1% shooting (seventh). They have an imposing shooting defense that averages 34.0% opponent three-point (ninth) and 50.3% opponent two-point shooting (second) in 45 games played. The Cavs also average 53.0 rebounds (14th) per game but do particularly well on the defensive end with 35.1 defensive boards (ninth) per game.
On offense, Cleveland averages 107.6 points (20th) per game on 46.6% shooting (seventh). We’ve seen significant improvement from the team on this end of the court, which will force the Bulls to step up their attacking tactics come game day. The Cavs are lethal from mid and short-range as well, recording a 54.3% two-point shooting percentage (sixth).
Rajon Rondo and Lamar Stevens will not be available for the game, but the Cavs’ starting lineup remains healthy. Expect Brandon Goodin and Cedi Osman to
log more minutes in this contest.<
Why Bet on the Chicago Bulls?
The Bulls average 111.0 points (eighth) per game on 47.4% shooting (third). Although we’ve seen a significant decline in their performance since losing starters Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, and Javonte Green to injury, there’s still plenty of threat coming from this side of the ball. More than that, Chicago remains the top three-point shooting team in the league with a 38.6% average. Furthermore, the hosts average 54.1% effective field goal percentage (fourth).
Defensively, we might see the Bulls struggling to keep pace with the Cavs’ defense. They now allow 109.0 opponent points (17th) per game. The Bulls also have one of the most vulnerable perimeter defenses in the NBA right now, allowing a 36.1% opponent three-point shooting (25th) percentage. Rebounding is also an area that demands some attention here as the Bulls average under 50 rebounds per game (29th).
Bulls’ leading scorer DeMar DeRozan is expected to take the helm on offense once again. He gets the support of Nikola Vucevic, while head coach Billy Donovan puts his second-choice players to the test with multiple starters on the injury report.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls Betting Trends
- The Cavs are 2-3 in the last five regular-season road games against the Bulls (3-2 ATS).
- The Cavs are 4-1 in the last five regular-season road games (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Cavs’ last ten regular-season games against the Bulls.
- The Bulls are 6-4 in the last ten regular-season home games against the Cavs (4-6 ATS).
- The Bulls are 8-2 in the last ten regular-season games at the United Center (6-4 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Bulls’ last five regular-season home games against the Cavs.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls Expert Betting Prediction
The Bulls might be backed into a corner after losing steam in their past few games. But, having a home-court advantage relieves some of the pressure off the team. Injuries took the sting out of this promising Chicago team, leaving DeMar DeRozan plenty of scoring responsibility. Covering the spread as a home underdog should be doable for the team while maintaining decent chances of winning. At the other end of the contest, we find a confident Cavaliers team. They have been impressive on the road and have a healthier starting lineup. Cleveland enters the contest as the slight favorites. However, we anticipate a tight game between the two teams.
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