NBA Friday Pick: Bulls Have Edge Over Weary Cavaliers

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Swinging Johnson

Friday, December 2, 2016 3:47 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 3:47 PM UTC

The Cavaliers embark on a three-game road swing starting Friday in Chicago after dropping their last two contests. Let’s review the NBA odds -- Chicago currently +2.5 -- and cash a ticket on this Eastern Conference tilt.

Cleveland Cavaliers At Chicago Bulls

The Cavaliers have not only lost their last two games but have failed to cover the NBA odds in their last three. On Thursday, the Cavs hosted the LA Clippers and those who backed LeBron & Co. in their NBA picks were sorely disappointed as Cleveland not only disappointed as 4-point home chalk but were blown out to the tune of 113-94. Kyrie Irving was the only Cavalier who broke the 20-point barrier as he netted 28, while LeBron James had just 16 points and five turnovers.

The Bulls are hoping to redeem themselves after suffering their most embarrassing loss of the season when they dropped a 96-90 decision to the LA Lakers as 10½-point home favorites on Wednesday night. It appeared as though Chicago was ready for the visiting Lakers when they broke out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and wrapped up with tying their season high for steals with 15. But what happened in between told the tale. Despite not breaking the century mark, the Lakers got the win and the Bulls lost their first game of the season when limiting a team to less than 100 points.

This will be the first meeting between the teams this season. Chicago was 3-1 straight up and against the number last season against the eventual NBA champion Cavaliers. In their last meeting back in April, the Bulls won 105-102 as 7-point home dogs. The Bulls have one of the best rebounding teams in basketball as evidenced by their 48.9 boards per game (2nd), but it will also be important for them to control the pace and tempo as the Cavaliers can rev up their scoring machine in a moment’s notice. Cleveland is currently averaging 110.3 PPG (4th) vs. 104.4 PPG (13th) for Chicago.

The bottom line is that the Cavaliers are not playing well and will be on no rest after getting blown out by the Clippers. Cleveland is 1-6 ATS playing on no days rest over their last seven games, while the Bulls have had a brief respite after their unsettling loss to Los Angeles. The Bulls look like the play here.

NBA Free Pick: Bulls +2.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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