Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls - 1/19/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (27-15) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18)
Game Info: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls +1.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls duke it out at the United Center on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in red-hot form as they’ve won seven of their past nine games overall and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after beating the Nets in a 114-107 home win on Monday. Darius Garland led the team with 22 points and 12 assists, Isaac Okoro added 15 points while Lauri Markkanen, Kevin Love and Jarrett Allen each scored 14 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 51 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 35 points in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime, before pulling away in the fourth quarter behind their defense as they held the Nets to just two points in the final 3:42.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to put an end to a four-game skid after getting thrashed by the Grizzlies in a 119-106 road loss on Monday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 24 points and five assists, Coby White added 16 points with six rebounds and five assists while Ayo Dosunmu chipped in with 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals. As a team, the Bulls shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the 3-point line, but their defense was poor once again as they were always playing from behind after allowing the Grizzlies to pour in 38 points in the second quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 road games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record and 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Bulls are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the Cavaliers are 15-31 ATS in the last 46 meetings overall.
The Cavaliers are still missing a few players including Rajon Rondo and Lamar Stevens while the Bulls are without a host of players including Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball. The Cavaliers have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league, while the Bulls have been suffering during their worst slump of the season. This should be a close contest, but with the Bulls so banged up, I have to lean towards the Cavaliers to escape with the win in this spot.
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