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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-18-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#557 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cavaliers 7
#558 Chicago Bulls
Bulls -7

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:05pm

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Game Stats

Cleveland Cavaliers

12 - 30

18-22
ATS
22-20
O/U
104
PPG
113
OPPG

Chicago Bulls

15 - 28

20-23
ATS
20-22
O/U
105
PPG
107
OPPG

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road for a game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on Saturday night. Both these teams have woeful season records, well below 0.500 for the season.

Cavaliers lose third straight, now 12-30

Form

The Cavaliers have struggled right from the outset. They have now lost three games on the bounce to fall dramatically to 12-30 for the season. What a fall from grace it has been for the Cavs and the Warriors from their NBA Finals dominating days not too long ago.

Last game

The Cavs were beaten 113-109 by the Memphis Grizzlies. Tristan Thompson was ejected for a second technical foul after giving Jae Crowder a "slap to the backside". Collin Sexton scored 28 points, while Kevin Love managed 19 points.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

“They got on us, and we really fought back,” Cleveland coach John Beilein said. “We really had chances. A couple of more baskets going down the stretch, and we could have won the game.”

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Bulls no compeutition for Philadelphia

Form

The Bulls have tried so hard this season, but it seems they just don't have enough skill, depth and experience to challenge the best in the NBA. They are now 15-28 after a convincing drubbing 100-89 at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Last game

The Bulls committed 11 turnovers in the second half only. Zach LaVine scored 23 points to lead the Bulls, while Cody White chipped in with 14 points. The Bulls didn't manage to score 25 points in any quarter.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

“I didn’t like our discipline in the second half offensively,” Chicago head coach Jim Boylen said. “There were too many turnovers. We had some opportunities and good looks in situations that we could capitalize with. We didn’t get it done.”

Efficiency

The Bulls have understandably been poor on the offensive end, scoring an average of just 105.6 points per game, while allowing an average of 107.6 points a game (10th in the NBA).

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Player for player, it looks like the Cavaliers have just a bit more than the Bulls. LaVine and the rest of the roster will certainly use home-court advantage. But don't discount this young Cavs team. Kevin Love will have a good game and the Cavs will cover.

Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Efficiency and personnel are two major requisites for ascertaining if the total will head over or not. Neither of these teams have either. The Bulls are scoring and conceding about 105-106 a game. The Cavs are not far from that range. As a result, expect one quarter to have a big difference on the game.

Prediction: Under

Nikhil Kalro

Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. We now have his talents here at StatSalt. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and years of handicapping experience makes him one to follow as a reliable capper. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.

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