Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls NBA Pick – March 12

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball throughout March 12. Seven games are up on the board throughout Saturday night. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. These two teams have been strong on the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Cleveland has earned a record of 38-28 throughout this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a two game winning streak. Cleveland is two games back on the fifth seed of the Conference. The Cavaliers will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Bulls have put up a record of 40-26 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Chicago is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a five game losing streak. The Bulls are three and a half games back on the top spot of the Conference. Chicago will look to build on their last win on Saturday night.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Cavaliers have been a bit stronger as of late and will look to keep it going. Chicago finally ended their losing streak in their last game. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Cleveland Cavaliers +2 ½ (-110) Over 220 ½ (-110)
Chicago Bulls -2 ½ (-110) Under 220 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls
Overall Record 38-27 40-26
Away/ Home Record 18-16 24-10
PPG 106.9 112.5
PPG Away/ Home 107.6 114.9
PAPG 103.5 111.0
PAPG Away/ Home 106.2 110.6

Betting Trends

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 35-27 ATS this season
  • 19-13 ATS as an underdog
  • 17-15 ATS in road games
  • 2-2 ATS in March
  • 6-3 ATS on Saturday
  • 6-5 ATS against division opponents
  • 20-9 ATS against team with a winning record

Chicago Bulls

  • 36-30 ATS this season
  • 26-16 ATS as a favorite
  • 22-12 ATS in home games
  • 0-4 ATS in March
  • 1-5 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 7-5 ATS against division opponents
  • 4-7 ATS after a divisional game
  • 16-19 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice on the season. Cleveland hosted the first game on December 8. Darius Garland dropped 24 points and Evan Mobley added 16 points as the Cavaliers earned a 115-92 win. The second game was in Chicago on January 19. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, while Nikola Vucevic put up 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls bounced back with a 117-104 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Cavaliers have been solid shooting the ball on the season. Cleveland has made 46.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 10th in the league. The Cavaliers have shot 35.1 percent from deep, which is 16th in the NBA. Cleveland has drained 75.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 23rd in the league.

Chicago has been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Bulls have been shooting 48.4 percent from the field, which is 1st in the NBA. Chicago has made 37.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 2nd in the league. The Bulls have sunk 81.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 3rd in the NBA.

The Bulls have been the better team shooting the ball this season, but Cleveland has the edge on defense. The Cavaliers have held opposing teams to a 44.6 percent from the field, which is 6th in the league. Chicago has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.8 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defenses to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Darius Garland has helped lead Cleveland this season. Garland is averaging 21 points and 8.3 assists per game. Evan Mobley has averaged 14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.1 points per game, while Kevin Love has averaged 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. Cedi Osman has averaged 11.1 points per game to round out the lineup.

DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have been great for the Bulls on the season. DeRozan has averaged 28.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. LaVine is averaging 24.6 points per game. Nikola Vucevic has averaged 18 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Coby White rounds out the lineup, averaging 13.6 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Cavaliers are likely without Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert in this one, which hurts their depth. Chicago is still missing Lonzo Ball and will look to bounce back in this one. If either team can have their stars step up early in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams are competing in the Eastern Conference and will look for a big win in this one. Chicago is at home and Cleveland is coming off a loss in Miami on Friday night.  I think that the Bulls can take advantage of that extra rest early in this one. Chicago has been the better overall team early on the season and will look to grab a much needed win in this one.

BetOnline has the Bulls listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Chicago at home. I think that the Bulls should be bigger favorites at home and having the extra rest. Cleveland has been solid as of late, but I think they will have a tough matchup in this one. As slight favorites, I really like the value on the Bulls.

The Bet
Chicago Bulls -2.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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