- The Cavaliers visit the Bulls on Wednesday
- Chicago is currently on a four-game losing streak
- Find the odds, preview, and prediction below
The red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers will hit the road on Wednesday and face the slumping Chicago Bulls at the United Center in their second meeting of the season. The tip-off is scheduled for 8pm ET.
The Cavs won the first matchup with the Bulls in December, beating them by a convincing 23 points.
Cleveland comes into this contest on a five-game winning streak and just took down the Kevin Durant-less Brooklyn Nets on MLK Day. As for the Bulls, their struggles have continued, losing their fourth in a row on Monday to the high-flying Memphis Grizzlies.
Cavaliers vs Bulls Odds
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-1 (-109)||-115||OFF|
|Chicago Bulls||+1 (-112)||-107||OFF|
Odds as of January 18th at Barstool Sportsbook
Cleveland has gone 13-5 as an ATS favorite in 2021/22, while the Bulls are 6-8 as an ATS underdog.
Cavs Are Rolling
Despite injuries to Ricky Rubio and Collin Sexton, this young Cavs team continues to impress and prove they’re a force to be reckoned with in the East.
During their current winning streak, Cleveland has defeated a couple of very good teams in the Nets and Jazz, outscoring the two by a total of 27 points in the process.
Darius Garland was the star of the show on Monday against Brooklyn, collecting a double-double as he erupted for 22 points and dished out 12 assists. His breakthrough year has him lurking among the top in the NBA Most Improved Player of the Year odds.
The entire first unit was absolutely rolling, all finishing with at least 12 points. The Cavs had their way with the Nets in a variety of ways, but especially in the paint, outscoring them 54-34. JB Bickerstaff’s squad also capitalized off some sloppy play from Brooklyn, translating their 14 turnovers into 22 points.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 18, 2022
Cleveland’s massive rotation thrives around the rim, sitting within the top-10 in scoring in the paint. Chicago meanwhile, struggles to contain their opponents in this specific area.
The Cavs will be looking to wreak havoc again inside on Wednesday by getting Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen going early on.
Depleted Bulls Struggling
Chicago has really hit a cold spell and also been handed some very unfortunate luck. Zach LaVine is currently sidelined with a knee sprain, while Lonzo Ball is dealing with a similar injury. That being said, the Bulls’ backcourt is extremely shorthanded right now.
But, it looks like they will finally get Alex Caruso back for Wednesday’s contest after almost a month out with a foot injury. His presence will make a big difference, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Bulls list Alex Caruso probable vs. Cavs. Tyler Cook upgraded to questionable.
Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr. and Patrick Williams still out.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 18, 2022
During this losing streak, Billy Donovan’s group has played some tough teams and they came up against a Grizzlies squad on Monday that’s been terrorizing every opponent at the moment. Chicago never really stood a chance and ended up falling by 13 points.
While the Bulls shot 42% from downtown and 44% from the field, Memphis’s high-tempo style of play cooked them. Chicago was outscored by a whopping 26 points in the paint and had a tough time stopping Ja Morant and Co. in transition, giving up 26 fast-break points.
On a more positive note though, it was refreshing to see DeMar DeRozan get a little bit of help offensively. His team-high 24 were complemented by five other players ending up in double-figures, with the Bulls receiving 42 points from their bench.
Cavaliers vs Bulls Prediction
The spread is extremely slim here given the absences for Chicago. Although I think Caruso’s return to the lineup will make a notable difference, the Bulls are going to have a hard time slowing down a Cavs’ offense who is firing on all cylinders right now.
Garland and Cleveland will extend their win streak to six.
Pick: Cavaliers ML (-116)