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#557 Cleveland Cavaliers 215 vs.
#558 Chicago Bulls -7
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, January 18, 8:00 PM. ET.

The Chicago Bulls will be going for their second consecutive home win when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

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Cavaliers Going For Third Consecutive Win Over Bulls

The Cavaliers have struggled this season, but they will go into this game with a lot of confidence because they defeated the Bulls when they met earlier this season and have won their last two games against Chicago. They will be trying to make it three consecutive wins when they play on Saturday.

Cleveland has struggled offensively this season, averaging 104.9 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They finished with 103 points in their last game and will need to do a better job offensively if they want to get past the Bulls.

Collin Sexton led the way for the Cavaliers with 25 points and two steals. Cedi Osman finished with 21 points and three rebounds, while Matthew Dellavedova added 14 points and two assists for the Cavs.

Cleveland has struggled defensively, holding opponents to 114 points per game. They gave up 128 points in their last game and will need significantly better performance if they want to pick up the win.

Bulls Going For Second Win In Last Three Home Games

The Bulls snapped their four-game home losing streak with a win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday and will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Cavaliers, which will give them their second home win in a row and second in their last three games.

Chicago has struggled offensively, averaging 106 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 115 points in their last game and will need another solid performance to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Zach LaVine led the way for the Bulls with 30 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Tomas Satoransky finished with 18 points and five assists, while Thaddeus Young added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Chicago has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 107.7 points per game. They gave up 106 points in their last game and will need another good defensive effort to beat the Cavaliers on Saturday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Cavaliers have struggled on offense this season, averaging 104.9 points per game. Their struggles will continue against the Bulls, who are giving up 107.7 points per game. Chicago has also struggled offensively, averaging 106 points per game. But, the team shouldn’t have any trouble scoring against the Cavaliers, who are giving up 114 points per game and 117.7 points per game in their last four games. The Cavaliers have the rebounding edge, averaging 44.2 rebounds per game to Chicago’s 44.2 rebounds per game, but the Bulls have done a better job forcing turnovers, with their opponents averaging 16 turnovers per game in their last three games, thanks to in part to the team averaging nine steals per game during that span, while Cleveland’s opponents are averaging only 8.3 turnovers per game, with the team averaging 4.7 steals per game. Since Chicago has done a better job on both sides of the ball and will likely win the turnover battle, the Bulls are the best bet here.

Prediction: Chicago Bulls

Full-Game Total Pick

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The two teams will be playing on consecutive nights, which means fatigue is likely going to be a factor. The Cavaliers haven’t played well offensively, averaging 104.9 points per game and will likely stay under their season average against a Bulls team that is holding opponents to 107.7 points per game. Chicago will be able to hit its season average of 106 points per game against the Cavaliers, who are giving up 114 points per game. However, they will not score enough points to push the score over the total. With the Bulls and Cavaliers playing under the total in three of their last five games, the under is the smart play.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Bulls will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Cavaliers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 51 points per game while the Cavaliers average 49.7 points per game.

Prediction: Chicago Bulls

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Bulls and Cavaliers are averaging 100.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.