Pick Bulls -2.5 vs. Cavaliers for your NBA Picks

Steven Suarez

Saturday, December 21, 2013 3:21 PM GMT

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 3:21 PM GMT

Both teams' struggles are well-documented, but there has to be a winner when the Bulls play host to the Cavaliers tonight. What's our best NBA play? Let's take a look at the odds before we decide.

Odds Overview

Check out the NBA odds and you'll find Chicago favored by either 2.5 or 3 points. The O/U is in the 185 to 186 range.

There's been nothing to write home about in either of these team's performances against the spread, that's for sure. The Cavaliers are 10-15 SU and 10-15 ATS and the Bulls are 9-16 SU and a dreadful 8-17 ATS.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have the talent in place, but the pieces are just not fitting together right. Mike Brown has come in and tried to sort everything out, yet it simply hasn't been working.

Despite their horrible start to the season, Cleveland has been playing better recently. They're 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS in their previous nine games, a span that includes the Clippers, Nuggets and this very Bulls squad.

Last night, the Cavaliers needed overtime to scoot past Milwaukee in a 114-111 win. Sportsbooks listed them as eight-point favorites ahead of tipoff.

Cleveland shot 39.0 percent overall, 39.3 percent from three and 92.6 percent from the charity stripe. Kyrie Irving was fantastic, scoring 39 points on 13-of-25 shooting to go along with six assists, three rebounds and four blocks.

Dion Waiters missed the game, meaning Jarrett Jack got more run. He responded with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Anderson Varejao (13 rebounds) and Earl Clark (14 points) also contributed off the bench.

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Chicago Bulls

If you check out Chicago's recent results, it's ugly.

The Bulls have now dropped four in a row and are 1-7 SU and ATS over their last eight matchups. They're in fourth place in the Central division behind the likes of Indiana, Detroit and Cleveland.

On Thursday night Chicago gave Oklahoma City a good fight, only to lose 107-95. The Bulls were only down by three at halftime but just couldn't keep it up in the second half.

Joakim Noah had a great game despite his team losing, as he put up 23 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. D.J. Augustin, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Tony Snell all scored in double figures as well.

Injuries have been an issue for the Bulls all season. Derrick Rose is out and now Luol Deng (Achillies) is out until Christmas at the earliest. Then there's also Jimmy Butler (ankle) who's doubtful to play tonight and Kirk Hinrich (back), who's questionable.

NBA Pick

The home team has won each of the two meetings this season. The Bulls won 96-81 in early November and then Cleveland returned the favor with a 97-93 victory a few weeks later.

Look for that trend to continue when Chicago tries to break their growing losing streak tonight at the United Center.

As poor as the Bulls have been, at least they come up against a Cleveland team that's just 4-9 ATS on the road this season. We always know we're going to have Chicago playing hard regardless of their win-loss record, a credit to Tom Thibodeau, and we think the good effort will be rewarded with a win.

Add the Bulls to your NBA picks for Saturday night.

Pick: Bulls -2.5

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