Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/18/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Cavaliers (12-30) at Chicago Bulls (15-29)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 104.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Colin Sexton is averaging 18.8 points and 2.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17 points and 10.4 rebounds. Tristan Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Garland is dishing 3.6 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
The Chicago Bulls need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 106 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 24.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Cody White is dishing 2.2 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five home games.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 7-1 in Cavaliers last 8 overall. The over is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 Saturday games. The Cavaliers are 11-28 ATS in the last 39 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are losing on the road by an average of 12 points and their defensive effort isn't going to get any better on the end of a back to back. The Chicago Bulls have issues of their own, but they've been a lot more competitive than the Cavs and play like a team that's at least trying to win games. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Bulls.