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Cavaliers take on Bulls in hoops contest

Cleveland CavaliersChicago Bulls
10-15December 21, 2013, 08:00 | United Center9-16

Cleveland travels to Chicago on Saturday, hoping to boost its 10-15 mark with a victory over the Bulls.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bulls are 9-16 so far on the season, and 8-17 ATS vs. the number. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 10-15 and 10-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 11-14 and the Cavaliers go 13-12 on the totals.

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 20 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 26 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 86-84 victory for the Bulls.

The Cavaliers were a 114-111 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (225) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bucks were burned for 39 points by Kyrie Irving on Friday as the Cavaliers picked up a 114-111 win at Quicken Loans Arena.

In their last action, Chicago was a 107-95 loser on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Chicago got 23 points and 12 rebounds from Joakim Noah in a losing cause in a 107-95 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 7-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 28 in the league with 5.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 with 7.12 per outing.

Next up:
Cleveland home to Detroit, Monday, December 23rd
Chicago at New Jersey, Wednesday, December 25th