Cleveland vs. Chicago Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (38-19) travel in Central Division action versus the Chicago Bulls (27-31) on February 28, 2024. It’s the fourth matchup between these clubs this season.

The Cavaliers take the court as 5.5-point favorites against the Bulls. The over/under for the game is set at 216.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Odds

Point Spread for Cavaliers vs. Bulls

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Cavaliers as the favorite.

Cleveland vs. Chicago Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Cleveland has -218 odds to win the game, while Chicago is listed at +180 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 216 points.

Game Time and How to Watch

  • When: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • TV: NBCS

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Betting Trends

The Cavaliers have covered the spread in a game 28 times this season (28-27-2). This season, Cleveland has been favored 39 times and won 30, or 76.9%, of those games. Cavaliers games have gone over the total 25 times out of 58 chances this season.

The Bulls have gone 30-27-1 against the spread this year. Chicago has been victorious in 11, or 35.5%, of the 31 contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season. Games involving the Bulls have hit the over 31 times this year.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Key Players to Watch

Cavaliers

Donovan Mitchell puts up 28.2 points, 5.4 boards and 6.2 assists per game, making 47.4% of shots from the field and 37.0% from downtown with 3.4 made 3-pointers per contest (third in NBA). Jarrett Allen is averaging 16.0 points, 2.7 assists and 10.6 boards per game. Max Strus’ numbers for the season are 12.3 points, 3.8 assists and 4.8 boards per game. Caris LeVert puts up 14.1 points, 3.8 boards and 4.5 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks.

Bulls

DeMar DeRozan gets the Bulls 22.7 points, 4.1 boards and 5.3 assists per contest. He also averages 1.1 steals and 0.6 blocks. Nikola Vucevic gives 17.8 points, 10.7 boards and 3.4 assists per contest, plus 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks. The Bulls receive 19.4 points, 4.7 boards and 5.2 assists per game from Coby White. The Bulls get 8.3 points, 8.7 boards and 0.5 assists per game from Andre Drummond.

What you need to know about the Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are putting up 114.6 points per game this season (15th-ranked in NBA), but they’ve really shined on defense, ceding just 109.3 points per contest (second-best). This year, the Cavaliers are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game (seventh-ranked in NBA) and allowing 42.0 rebounds per contest (sixth-ranked). The Cavaliers rank 10th in the NBA with 27.5 dimes per game.

Cleveland is putting up 116.0 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 3.1 more points than it is averaging on the road (112.9). Cleveland is draining 13.3 three-pointers per game (11th-ranked in NBA) this season, while putting up a 36.3% three-point percentage (17th-ranked). With 12.1 treys conceded per game, Cleveland is eighth in the NBA. It is giving up a 36.1% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 12th in the league.

The Cavaliers have gone 7-3 in their past 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 games, Cleveland has gone over the total four times. On offense, the Cavaliers have increased their output slightly over their last 10 games, scoring 115.7 points per contest over that span as opposed to the 114.6 they’ve put up over the course of this season. Cleveland has been tougher on defense lately, giving up 107.8 points per game over its past 10 contests compared to the 109.3 points per game its opponents are averaging over the 2023-24 season.

What you need to know about the Bulls

The Bulls are 25th in the NBA in points scored (111.6 per game) and 11th in points conceded (113.0). In 2023-24, Chicago is 16th in the NBA in rebounds (43.5 per game) and 15th in rebounds allowed (43.6). With 24.5 assists per game, the Bulls are third-worst in the NBA.

The Bulls score 111.6 points per game at home, and the same number on the road. Beyond the arc, the Bulls are 24th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (11.6). They are 24th in 3-point percentage at 35.6%. Defensively, Chicago is second-worst in the NBA in 3-pointers allowed per game at 14.5. It is 17th in 3-point percentage allowed at 36.9%.

The Bulls are 6-4 against the spread and 5-5 overall in their last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Chicago has gone over the total seven times. While Chicago is scoring 111.6 points per game in 2023-24, it has improved that mark in its last 10 games, tallying 114.9 a contest. While the Bulls are giving up 113.0 points per game in 2023-24, they have been worse over their last 10 games, allowing 115.4 points per contest.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Cavaliers, and we expect that Bulls will cover the spread (Cavaliers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 216 points.

How to bet Cavaliers vs. Bulls

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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