The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-14) visit the Chicago Bulls (16-19) at United Center, tipping off at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 31, 2022. The Cavaliers are just 2.5-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the teams this season. The over/under for the matchup is set at 224.5 points.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -140 odds to pick up the win, while the Bulls are listed at +118 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 224.5 points.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Chicago, Illinois
- Arena: United Center
Cavaliers vs. Bulls Betting Trends
The Cavaliers have 19 wins against the spread in 36 games this season. Cleveland has come away with 19 wins in the 28 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. The Cavaliers have hit the over in 48.6% of their opportunities this year (17 times over 35 games with a set point total).
The Bulls have 18 wins against the spread in 35 games this season. Chicago has been the underdog on the moneyline 22 total times this season. Chicago has finished 10-12 in those games. Bulls games this year have hit the over 48.6% of the time (17 out of 35 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers vs. Bulls Injury Report
Bulls: Patrick Williams: Probable (Neck), Coby White: Probable (Knee), Javonte Green: Probable (Right Knee), Alex Caruso: Probable (Concussion), Derrick Jones: Out (Ankle), Lonzo Ball: Out (Knee)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland has a top-five defense this year, ranking best in the league with 106.3 points allowed per game. Offensively, it ranks 23rd with 111.5 points scored per contest. The Cavaliers are posting 113.6 points per game this season in home games, which is 4.7 more points than they’re averaging in road games (108.9). On offense, the Cavaliers have picked up their output slightly over their last 10 games, scoring 113 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 111.5 they’ve racked up over the course of this year.
So far this season, Cleveland is making 11.5 treys per game (19th-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 36.8% (12th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers are attempting 53.1 two-pointers per game this year, which account for 62.9% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 71.7% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 31.3 threes per contest, which are 37.1% of their shots (and 28.3% of the team’s buckets).
What you need to know about the Chicago Bulls
On offense Chicago is the 16th-ranked team in the league (114.1 points per game). On defense it is 18th (115.1 points conceded per game). The Bulls score 114.5 points per game at home, and 113.7 away. The Bulls are averaging 116.9 points per game over their previous 10 games, compared to their season average of 114.1.
At 10.7 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 37% from downtown, Chicago is 25th and 10th in the league, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23, the Bulls have taken 32.9% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 67.1% percent from inside it. In terms of made shots, 25.1% of the Bulls’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 74.9% have been 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this game is the Bulls, and we expect that Bulls will cover the spread (Cavaliers -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 224.5 points.
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