The Cavaliers are a popular team in NBA betting and they will get most of the attention in this game on Friday. Here are some statistics and trends to consider as you look at this matchup between Chicago and Cleveland.
Basketball betting has the Bulls playing the first half of a back-to-back tonight against Cleveland. Tomorrow Chicago goes back home for a game versus Toronto. You might think that Cleveland has dominated Chicago but that is not the case. The Bulls and Cavaliers have actually split their last ten basketball betting meetings both straight up and against the NBA betting line. The Bulls actually won 86-85 at Cleveland last month in basketball betting. The Cavaliers have still won three of the last five at home against the Bulls. The last two NBA betting meetings between the teams have gone under but five of the previous six went over the basketball betting number.
The win against Cleveland was one of the few highlights for the Bulls so far this basketball betting season. Chicago has not played well at home or on the road in NBA betting. They have a losing record straight up and against the basketball betting odds. The Bulls have a weak offense that is near the bottom of the league and their defense is just average. Chicago really misses Ben Gordon who went to Detroit in the off-season. Luol Deng is leading them in scoring but overall the Bulls just don’t have enough offensive talent to win consistently in basketball betting.
The Cavaliers really should rout the Bulls in this basketball betting game. They have the far superior offense and defense. Cleveland is in the Top 10 in the league in defense and their offense is coming around behind superstar LeBron James. Cleveland started poorly against the basketball betting odds this season but they have been coming on late and are now around the .500 mark. The Cavaliers were hoping that Shaquille O’Neal would make an impact this season but in actuality the Cavs have played better without him. Shaq is no longer a major offensive force in the league. The Cavs win in basketball betting with LeBron scoring points and this season he is getting some help from Mo Williams.