Cleveland vs Chicago NBA Betting Guide

Posted by Aaron . on April 8, 2016 in

On Saturday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls in NBA betting action. The Cavs (56-23) are in first place in the Central Division but just lost to the Indiana Pacers, 123-109, on Wednesday night as LeBron Jame sat out for another rest break with the playoffs coming up. The Bulls (39-40) are in fourth place in the Central Division and are hanging on for their playoff lives after falling in Miami on Thursday, 106-98.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls NBA Betting Guide

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:30pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Radio: ESPN 1000 WMVP AM Chicago
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Why should you bet on the the Bulls?

The Chicago Bulls are circling the drain in the East, about to wash out of the playoffs. They gave up 21 points to Dwyane Wade and 17 more to Joe Johnson in their loss to Miami, as the Heat posted 66 points in the second half and got some big stops down the stretch to keep their win intact. Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside abused the Bulls inside, getting 16 points and 12 boards apiece. So why would you bet on the Bulls? Well, Cleveland has a way of losing this kind of game, especially when there’s nothing for them in playofff positioning, and the Bulls have their backs against the wall.

Why should you put your money on Cleveland?

After LeBron rested against the Pacers, he should be back at full strength to take on the Bulls. Kyrie Irving (26 points, 6 assists against Indiana) and Kevin Love (23 points, 5 boards) appear to be rounding into playoff form on the offensive side, but they were missing their intensity on defense. That might be a reason why the Cavs are only 4-14 when LeBron does not play since he came back last season. With him in the lineup, the Cavs should be able to knock the Bulls out of playoff contention.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Cavaliers to end the Bulls’ postseason hopes with a win. I’m predicting a 108-101 Cleveland victory.