Zach LaVine,Chuma Okeke
Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke (3) shoots in front of Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BULLS VS CAVALIERS, DEC. 8

Kyle Barrette

A potential eastern conference playoff preview is on tap for tonight. Both sides will be short-handed as the Bulls will be without Caruso due to a hamstring injury, DeRozan due to COVID protocol, and, of course, Sexton is out for the season because of his knee surgery. So where does that leave us for tonight? Let’s break down this matchup and find out which side comes out on top.

Bulls
No one likes to see injuries, but Zach LaVine has been playing like this for years, and even with the injuries, this team is way better than those teams where he had to do everything himself. Bulls’ fans should be pumped. Despite all the injuries, this team is still winning games at a high rate. They have won four in a row and five of their last six. This team is about to get an injection of talent as almost everyone on the injured list should be returning at the same time. The Bulls come in with a top-10 offense averaging just under 110 points per game. Chicago is even better on the defensive side of the ball, only allowing 104 points per game, good for seventh in the league. The question now becomes, can this Bulls team continue to score against a top defensive team like the Cavs?

Cavs
The Cavs have earned some respect from bookmakers, and honestly, it’s well deserved. For all intents and purposes, nine of their last 10 games have all been against teams that will be in the playoffs this season. The Cavs have gone 3-6 in this stretch but have kept the games close. Only two of the losses have come by more than five points. The Cavs are one of the top ATS teams at home, with an 8-3-1 record. Although they are facing the second-best road-covering team in the Bulls, who are 9-4 ATS on the road. Cleveland’s offense has been their weak point this season, averaging right around 104 points per game, good for 24th in the league. The Cavs keep games close with their lockdown defense, only allowing 102 points per game, which is good for second in the league.

Cavs vs. Bulls The Pick: Bulls-2.5
This should be a good game. The Cavs will try everything they can do to keep LaVine in check and limit the Bulls’ offense. The Bulls have a solid defense of their own, and the Cavs’ lack of ability to score points will be the determining factor in this game. Take the Bulls -2.5.

Same Game Parlay
Chicago Bulls +3.5, Nikola Vucevic First Basket, Zach LaVine Over 29.5 Pts, Lonzo Ball Over 6.5 Assists, Zach LaVine to score 30+ Pts and Chicago Bulls to win by 1-10 Pts.

SGP Odds +7917


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