Basketball betting heats up on Thursday with this TNT televised game between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers are heavily favored in NBA betting against the Bulls. Basketball betting is always more popular on televised game and most of the action on this matchup figures to go Cleveland’s way. The Cavaliers were a great team last year at home and they usually get most of the basketball betting attention with LeBron James in the spotlight.
The Cavaliers have not started this season strongly though and the Bulls have a chance in this NBA betting matchup. The Bulls and Cavaliers have actually split their last 10 meetings both straight up and against the NBA betting number. The Cavs have won three of the last five at home against Chicago and they are 3-2 in basketball betting in those games. Last year the Cavs won 117-92 and 108-93 at home against the Bulls. Both of those games also went over the NBA betting total. That may not be the case tonight though since both teams have struggled to score points early in the basketball betting season.
Chicago was hoping that they wouldn’t miss Ben Gordon too much this season but the early basketball betting results are not encouraging. The Bulls are not scoring enough points and so far no one has picked up the scoring slack with Gordon gone. Derrick Rose is off to a slow start in basketball betting and for the Bulls to win games he needs to play better. Luol Deng has led the team in scoring early in the basketball betting season.
The Cavaliers look very similar to what they looked like a year ago in basketball betting. Last season it was all LeBron James and it looks very much the same this year. LeBron is doing it all and not getting much help. The Cavs need someone to help LeBron on the offensive end. Shaquille O’Neal needs to start earning his money and putting up solid numbers in the middle. The Cavaliers are not scoring enough points early in the season and that is why they have looked beatable versus the basketball betting odds. Their defense is still good though as they have been among the league leaders. That could mean a low scoring basketball betting game tonight against an offensively challenged Chicago team.