Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Preview & Picks 01/02/2023

Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Preview & Picks 01/02/2023

January 2, 2023



Game Preview

On Monday, it’s Cleveland’s turn as the Cavaliers will now have the opportunity to host the Chicago Bulls at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavs managed to win the first two meetings between these two teams this season, meaning this will be their third encounter. The Bulls lost their previous game 103-102 to this Cleveland team.
Chicago will need to play more aggressively in this game if they want to prevail, and the Cavaliers will need to continue keeping up a tough defense if they want to win this game. The last matchup was close, but the Bulls were unable to score enough points to win that game at home.
Despite the Bulls’ strong defensive play, they will need their offense to come alive if they are to defeat one of the top home teams. The Bulls were taken down by Cleveland twice previously, scoring 96 and then 102 points. These offensive performances won’t be sufficient to keep the game close at Cleveland, no matter how skillfully they defend.
They are shooting 37% from beyond the arc, ranking 10th in the NBA for three-point shooting percentage. They have also handled business at the charity stripe, making 81.7% of their attempts to cross the line. This is the fifth-highest free-throw shooting %, and if they want to win this game, they must not allow these opportunities pass them by.
Looking at the other side of the court, the Cavaliers are unbeaten through 7 contests in which point guard Darius Garland is absent. Without him, they score roughly seven more points per game on average. The players who appear to benefit the most from Garland’s absences are guard Caris LeVert and forward Kevin Love, both of whom see their scoring averages rise by about five points per game.
Star Donovan Mitchell, who leads the Cavaliers in scoring with or without Garland, will probably have the largest impact on whether they can pull off a win today. In addition to averaging over nine 3-point attempts per game, Mitchell averages 28 points and 4.6 assists while shooting 48.4% from the field and 41.1% from beyond the arc this season.

Let’s check the latest NBA picks, news, stats and NBA expert picks for Bulls vs Cavaliers. We’ve plenty of NBA predictions for you to consider.


Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game Information

  • Date: 01/02/2023
  • Time: 07:10 PM ET
  • Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH.
  • How to Watch Bulls vs Cavaliers: Bally Sports OH
  • Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


Bulls vs Cavaliers Betting Lines

Bulls are +150 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $150. On the other side, Cavaliers are -175 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $57.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Bulls at a 40.00% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Cavaliers have 63.64% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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