The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to turn things around tonight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Chicago has lost their last two outings and five of their previous six attempts.
They are coming off a lackluster showing at New Orleans on Thursday night. The Bulls didn’t show up and were chased off the floor for a 126-109 loss. Do you think that the Bulls peaked already and sliding down now?
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 26, 2022
Like the Miami Heat, the Bulls are in a tough position right now and need to right the ship before the playoffs begin. This is no doubt a difficult time in their schedule, though.
They’ve recently dealt with the Jazz, Bucks, and Suns. There isn’t much excuse for a 17-point loss to the Pelicans, though. Chicago has another tough matchup on Saturday night, this time in Cleveland versus the Cavs.
The Cavaliers are having problems of their own as of late. They’ve lost back-to-back games with a 121-131 loss to the LA Lakers and 117-104 at Toronto two days back at Scotiabank Arena.
The dependable Cavs’ defense wasn’t present for either of these attempts. Cleveland isn’t going to win games in the playoffs with their offense, so the defense has to carry the majority of the work.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 25, 2022
Cleveland has been in much better form at home this season, with a record of 16-21 on the road as opposed to 23-13 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. They didn’t look like that versus the Lakers at home, though.
Head below for our free Bulls vs. Cavaliers prediction on March 26, 2022.
Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of MyBookie:
|Chicago Bulls||+2 (-110)||+110||Over 222.5 (-110)|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-2 (-110)||-130||Under 227.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Chicago Bulls||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Points Per Game||111.8||107.4|
|Points Against Per Game||111.4||104.8|
|Field Goal %||48.1||46.8|
|Three Point %||37.3||35.2|
Bulls vs. Cavaliers Prediction:
The concerns with the Bulls’ defense are louder than the Cavaliers. I have more confidence in the Cavaliers’ defense getting their act together for the playoffs.
Chicago has been forced to win games exclusively with their offensive playmakers too often. The Bulls have allowed 111.4 points per game and a 47.1% field goal percentage going into Ohio.
The Bulls are 24th in field goal percentage allowed to their opponents. Their main issue has been defending the three and forcing teams to make bad decisions on the perimeter. They are 26th in that regard, with teams shooting 36.4% from three.
Chicago has been particularly in terrible form defensively recently. In their previous five attempts, opponents shot 52% with 121 points per game versus the Bulls.
Usually, the offense comes to the rescue in this case, though the Bulls netted just 106.4 points a game during that stretch.
I’m not letting the Cavaliers off the hook for their recent failures. They’ve allowed 118.2 points per game and a 50.8% field goal percentage in their last five.
However, if you’re asking me who has the better chance of playing better tonight, it has to be the Cavaliers at home. The Bulls are allowing a 47.5% field goal percentage and just 16-21 overall on the road in 2021-22.
Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends:
- 2-11 ATS in their previous 13 games
- 1-8 ATS in their previous nine games after a loss
- 0-7 ATS in their previous seven games on one-day rest
- 0-6 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning record at home
- 0-9 ATS in their previous nine games on the road
- 5-1-1 ATS in their previous seven games on one-day rest
- 1-3-1 ATS in their previous five games
- 0-5-1 ATS in their previous six games on a Saturday
- 1-3-1 ATS in their previous five games versus a team with a winning record
- OVER is 7-2 in their previous nine games versus the Bulls at home
The Cavaliers aren’t a team that relies heavily on their offensive prowess, but they can be efficient on a good night. Despite being a defensive team, the Cavs are seventh in the NBA with a 46.8% field goal percentage.
Evan Mobley is a good reason why the Cavaliers are seventh from the field. The favorite to win ROY this year has a 50.8% field goal percentage going into tonight. He’s also put in 15.1 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 25, 2022
In offensive rebounding, the Bulls are 28th in the league while the Cavs are the sixth-best on the defensive boards. This should be the advantage that Cleveland needs to edge out the Bulls on Saturday night. Mobley should have a fun time in this one.
On a short line at home, I’m going with the Cavaliers to win and cover with a 115-108 win in Ohio on Saturday night.
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