This season has been marred by inconsistent play for the Chicago Bulls as they have registered a winning streak of three or more games on just three occasions, but have hit three consecutive losses just as many times. This streaky play should worry bettors as the Bulls have only covered once in their past eight contests. Chicago will look to avoid another three game skid Saturday when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland comes into this game in a weird spot after the surprise firing of head coach David Blatt Friday. Despite holding a two-game lead in the Eastern Conference and a 6.5 game lead in the Central Division, general manager David Griffin said he was not pleased with the direction or atmosphere of the team. Tyronn Lue, who spent 11 years in the NBA as a point guard, was promoted from associate coach to head coach on a permanent basis in the wake of Blatt’s firing.
Shooting has been one of the biggest reasons for the Bulls streaky play this season as they are hitting 43.4 percent of their shots, good for the fifth-worst in the NBA, and are just 4-for-33 from beyond the arc in their past two games. Derrick Rose is rounding into fine offensive form however, with the oft-injured point guard averaging 25.3 points in the past three games.