Free NBA Pick: Take Cavaliers as Rare Underdogs vs. Bulls

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, October 31, 2014 4:29 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 4:29 PM UTC

Tonight, this NBA handicapper is ready to go for his fourth consecutive NBA winning pick as he focuses on the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls. 

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls (-4) 8:05 ET ESPN
Tonight, I go for my fourth consecutive NBA winner in this space.  It comes in the Marquee Matchup of the night on ESPN.  It is a battle of the two best projected teams in the Eastern Conference.  The new look Cleveland Cavaliers facing the more veteran Chicago Bulls.

If early season comparative scores are an indicator, this selection is in a world of hurt.  On Wednesday night, Chicago entered Madison Square Garden as a 4 point road favorite.  The 104-80 victory was every bit as easy as the final score suggests. The Bulls held the Knicks to under 37% from the field.  Last night, the embarrassed NYers traveled to Cleveland for the 2014 debut of Lebron James and his new look Cleveland Cavaliers.  Not only did they outshoot the Cavs, 54 to 46%, but they out rebounded them as well.  Tonight, Cleveland travels to Chicago to face HC Thibodaux.  Last year, King James was at his worst against the Bulls, averaging just 18 PPG on 39% percent shooting. 

The Bulls’ opening night victory went even better than expected with the instant return to form of PG Rose.  Newly acquired, Gasol, teamed with veterans Gibson and Noah for an outstanding front line.  They were ably supported by experienced backcourt play of Hinrich and Dunleavy.  This is a very cohesive team, who after the 1st game, would appear to be the best team in the East. 

Knock me over with a feather!  After the Knicks no-show performance in their home opener vs. the Bulls, I expected them to have real problems traveling to Cleveland for the return of LeBron James.  Certainly, I did not expect the potent Cleveland lineup to only score 90 points.  Perhaps, it was the excitement of the evening.  On paper, this appears to be the team to beat in the East.  Not only have the Cavs welcomed home King James, but they have also acquired double-double machine, Kevin Love, from Minnesota.  He joins a now healthy Varejao for a potent tandem on the interior. Young, explosive backcourt players, Irving and Waiters, would appear to be a perfect complement to those talents. 

Game 2 NBA teams, who lost as a favorite in their opening game, are strong propositions to bounce back in Game 2.  With the NBA odds having been immediately adjusted for the divergent Game 1 performances of these two teams, I will step in with the value on the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, for a rare time they will be underdog this season.  The 13-2 SU series dominance of Chicago ends tonight!     

Free NBA Picks: Cleveland Cavaliers at 5Dimes

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