Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will meet this Thursday, October 31 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which will mark Cleveland’s fourth game of the season and Bulls’ fifth fixture of their 2019/20 campaign. The teams are bound to make sparks fly as they look to bounce back after an underwhelming start of the season, and if their previous meetings are anything to go by, this one is guaranteed to be a close contest. That said, there can only be one winner, and only one team can walk away with a W in their hands.
Bulls desperately looking for a win
Chicago Bulls lost their third fixture of the season on Tuesday when they kneeled down to New York Knicks (105:98). Prior to that, the Bulls lost to Toronto Raptors (84:108), defeated Memphis Grizzlies (102:110) and lost to Charlotte Hornets (126:125) in their opening match of the season. With that, Bulls hold onto an underwhelming 1-3 record, which puts them at 12th place in the East. Looking back at their most recent meeting with New York Knicks, the Chicago outfit have shown some moments of greatness, yet they fell short in the end.
The first quarter ended in a dominant 18 point lead for Bulls (33:15), which gave the away side some hope they might bounce back after a painful 84:108 defeat against Raptors. That said, Bulls underperformed in the second quarter, where they got outscored by eight points (27:19), reducing their lead to 10 points (42:52). Boylen’s men put up solid resistance in Q3, where they prevented the Knicks from running away (28:30) and while they saw their lead further reduced by two points, Bulls entered the last quarter with a promising eight-point lead. That said, they failed to perform up to par in Q4 once more. Knicks tightened their defense, and kept Bulls at only 30.4% FG, whereas they produced 47.6% FG of their own. With that, Knicks constructed a remarkable comeback, tied the match and went on to completely dismantle Bulls (33:18) to claim their first win of the season, after failing to do so in the opening three fixtures.
All in all, it is hard to be too positive with Bulls’ result, but they had some bright points in that match and we can expect them to build on those as they clash with Cavs. LaVine was the top scorer for Bulls on that night with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, Carter put up a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, whereas Markkanen scored 18, added six rebounds and two assists.
Cavaliers chasing their second win of the season
Cleveland Cavaliers will meet with Chicago Bulls this Thursday looking to claim their second win of the season. As it stands now, the Cavs sit at 11th place in the East and are coming off a 129:112 defeat against Bucks to follow up to their first win of the season against Indiana Pacers (110:99). In their first fixture of the season, however, Cavs lost to Orlando Magic (94:85), meaning John Beilein’s men are 1-2 ahead of the Thursday’s bout.
Looking back at Bulls’ clash with Bucks, John Beilein’s men started strong with a 31:30 first quarter, only to fall short in the second, where they got outscored by eight points (21:29), meaning Cavs entered the second half with a seven-point deficit. They made a solid effort to catch up to Bucks in Q3, but to no avail. Bucks went on to increase the gap to 11 points by the end of the quarter, putting them in a promising spot to grab a win, and they did not let that opportunity go to waste. Not only Bucks managed to hold onto their lead, but further extended it by six points with phenomenal work in the offense, producing 63.3% FG. That came as a result of Cavs’ inability to stop Bucks inside the paint, which is something they will need to address coming into the fixture with Bulls.
Top scorer of the night was Middleton with 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists, followed by Hill with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Sexton was Cleveland’s top scorer with 18 points, to which he added three rebounds and one assist. Clarkson and Thompson ended the match with 17 points apiece, with Thompson adding 13 rebounds and four assists to grab himself a double-double. Love Impressed with 15 points, 16 rebounds and two assists.
Verdict & Prediction
Cavaliers will enter Thursday’s fixture as underdogs, and we can see why. While they have an edge in the coaching department, we expect them to fall flat against Bulls’ strong rim protection, which is bound to leave Cavs’ big men dry. While there is no denying Bulls failed to impress with their recent results, they have improved defensively enough to make us believe they can stop Cavs. Henson, Windler and Zizic remain sidelined for Cavs, while Hutchison is out for the visitors. Otto Porter is listed as probable.
All in all, we expect a close encounter, however, when push comes to shove, we have to side with Bulls who have shown enough for us to believe they should be to defeat Cavs and claim their second win of the season.
Prediction: Chicago Bulls to win
Odds: 1.86 Pinnacle