Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA: Tuesday, March 10, United Center, Chicago, Illinois, 8:00 PM ET
The Cleveland Cavaliers open a six-game road trip Tuesday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls for the fourth and last time this regular season. The Bulls lead the series 2-1 after beating the Cavaliers twice in January – 118-116 as 7-point home favorites and 118-106 as 1-point road underdogs. Back in October, the Cavs defeated the Bulls 117-111 as 2-point home dogs.
Cleveland will look to stay on the winning path after beating Denver and San Antonio in its previous two outings. On the other side, Chicago will try to put an end to a three-game losing streak. The Bulls have dropped 13 of their previous 15 games overall.
The Cavs barely outlasted the Spurs in overtimeAfter a shocking 104-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets as 10-point home dogs this past Saturday, the Cavaliers pulled off another upset on Sunday, beating the San Antonio Spurs 132-129 as 4.5-point home underdogs. Seven Cavaliers players scored in double figures against the Spurs, and Andre Drummond led the way with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Collin Sexton had 26 points and four assists, while Kevin Love added 14 points and 18 rebounds. The Cavs improved to 5-5 under head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
"It means that we can, the belief in what you can accomplish," said Bickerstaff, who took over when John Beilein resigned 54 games into his first season. "We've shown we can put together some really good stretches against some really good teams and we've been able to find a way."
The Cavaliers’ season is already ruined. They sit at the 14th spot of the Eastern Conference, 10 games behind the Orlando Magic and only half a game ahead of the bottom side Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs score 107.5 points per 100 possessions (25th in the league) on 45.8% shooting from the field (21st), allowing 115.5 points in a return (29th) on 49.0% shooting from the field (30th). They miss Darius Garland (groin), Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion), and Dante Exum (ankle), while Tristan Thompson (eye) is questionable to play against the Bulls.
The shorthanded Bulls suffered a narrow loss in BrooklynChicago is coming off a 110-107 defeat at the Brooklyn Nets this past Sunday. The Bulls covered a 6-point spread but failed to avoid the third straight loss even though they had 22 turnovers fewer than their opponents (29-7). Otto Porter Jr. led the way for the Bulls with 23 points and four steals off the bench; rookie Coby White accounted for 21 points and eight assists, while Lauri Markkanen added 16 points and four dimes.
"We know one thing," Coby White said. "Anybody who plays us or any head coach never questions how hard we play. Every night we play hard."
The Bulls missed Zach LaVine (25.5 PPG, 4.2 APG) on Sunday due to a quad injury. LaVine will remain sidelined Tuesday against the Cavaliers, while Kris Dunn (knee), Chandler Hutchison (shoulder), and Luke Kornet (foot) are out, too. Ryan Arcidiacono (Achilles) is listed as questionable. The Bulls sit at the 11th spot of the Eastern Conference standings, eight games behind the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic, so they will almost certainly miss the playoffs. Chicago scores 106.6 points per 100 possessions (27th) on 44.6% shooting from the field (24th), surrendering 109.8 points in a return (14th) on 47.8% shooting from the field (27th).
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Cleveland:
- 4-7 ATS in the last 11 road games against the Eastern Conference
- 13-5 ATS in the last 18 games against Cleveland