Bulls vs. Cavaliers Pick
Chicago comes in with an 0-2 record after an 87-77 home loss to the Spurs. Cleveland is 2-1 after it lost 114-93 at home to the Magic. The Bulls won all four meetings last season and covered the spread all four times. The over-under went 2-2.
In the Bulls' loss to San Antonio, Robin Lopez led the way with 16 points along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Lauri Markkanen had 13 points and 12 boards. Justin Holiday tallied 15 points and four assists. Jerian Grant added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. After leading 22-21 after one quarter, Chicago proceeded to be outscored 46-34 over the next two quarters en route to the defeat.
Cleveland was paced by LeBron James as he totaled 22 points, four rebound and two assists. Iman Shumpert had 21 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Kevin Love added 19 points and nine rebounds. The Cavaliers were outscored 36-18 in the first quarter and never recovered.
Chicago is 23-7 ATS in the last 30 meetings with the Cavs. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are coming off a bizarre loss to the Magic and will want to be much better on both ends of the floor, but specifically defensively. Look for them to bottle up the Bulls, which are coming off a dreadful offensive effort and simply do not have go-to scorers. Cleveland might not cover the spread, but its defense should keep the total under the number.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BULLS/CAVALIERS UNDER 206