The NBA is set up with a great slate of games throughout Wednesday night. Twelve games are up on the board throughout April 21. One of these matchups will be between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. These two teams have struggled a bit this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Chicago has earned a record of 24-33 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in a tie for the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are one loss from falling out of the playoff picture. Chicago has won back to back games and will look to keep it up in this one. The Bulls will look to earn a much needed win on Wednesday night.
The Cavaliers has posted a record of 20-37 throughout this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has lost three games in a row and five of their last six. The Cavaliers are four wins back of a playoff spot and need to finish this season strong if they want to sneak in. I expect Cleveland to come out hot in this one.
These two teams have been struggling a bit throughout this season and will look to finish strong. The Bulls have picked up their play a bit as of late and will need to carry momentum into this game. Chicago is barely holding onto a playoff spot as of right now and will look to keep that tenth seed with a big win in this matchup on Wednesday night.
The Bulls and the Cavaliers have met up twice throughout this season. Chicago hosted the first game on March 24. Zach LaVine dropped 22 points on the night, while Lauri Markkanen finished with 17 points. Darius Garland scored 22 points and 9 assists on the night. Jarrett Allen added 19 points and 9 rebounds to help lead Cleveland to a 103-94 win on the road.
The second game of the season series stayed in Chicago on April 17. Darius Garland put up 22 points and 12 assists, while Collin Sexton added another 22 points. Nikola Vucevic finished with 25 points on the night, while Lauri Markkanen added 16 points off the bench. Denzel Valentine dropped 13 points as the Bulls earned a 106-96 win at home.
Cleveland was able to win the first game of the season’s series, but the Bulls bounced back with a win a few nights ago. Chicago will need to keep the momentum from that game as they try to keep this winning streak alive. The Cavaliers have not found any rhythm as of late and I expect them to continue this tank throughout the rest of the season.
Field Goal Shooting
Chicago has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Bulls have made around 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. Chicago has shot 36.9 percent from behind the arc, which is 14th in the league. The Bulls have sunk 80.3 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 7th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have struggled shooting the ball so far this season. Cleveland has been shooting 45.2 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league. The Cavaliers have drained 33.7 percent of their shots from deep, which is 29th in the NBA. Cleveland has made 74.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 27th in the league.
The Bulls have been stronger shooting the ball so far this season, but neither team has been great on defense. Cleveland has allowed opposing teams to shoot 48 percent from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. Chicago has held their opponents to a 47.6 percent from the field, which is 25th in the league. If the Bulls defense can step up in this one, they should be able to earn a big win.
Nikola Vucevic has been playing really well since joining the Bulls at the deadline. Vucevic has averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds per game. Lauri Markkanen and Coby White are both averaging 14.5 points per game this season. Thaddeus Young has averaged 12 points per game off the bench to help round out this lineup.
Collin Sexton has been really strong throughout this season for Cleveland. Sexton is averaging 24.5 points per game. Darius Garland has averaged 17 points and 6 assists per game. Jarrett Allen is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, while Kevin Love has averaged 11.5 points per game. Taurean Prince is averaging 10 points per game to round out the lineup.
Chicago is missing a key player in Zach LaVine coming in this one. LaVine has averaged 27.5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season. Coby White has stepped up in LaVine’s absence and will need to keep that up in this one. The Cavaliers will look to slow down Vucevic and Markkanen in the paint to give themselves the edge on Wednesday night.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but I think that the Bulls will earn a big win in this one. Chicago will need some players to step up in this one, which I think they will do. The Bulls have been much better shooting the ball this season and I think they can keep that up in this one. Chicago has a lot more to play for and I think it will translate to a better start in this one.
BetOnline has the Bulls listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this game. This gives a slight edge to Chicago on the road. I agree with this line as the Bulls have been the better team this season. Chicago is in a tight race for the tenth seed and need a big win in this one. I think the Bulls will come out fast and as slight favorites, I like the value on them winning this game.