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NBA betting line favors Bulls over Cavaliers

Chicago BullsCleveland Cavaliers
March 2, 7:30 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

29-8TEAM RECORD13-20

Chicago pays a visit to Cleveland on Friday, hoping to send the Cavaliers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers currently sports a record of 13-20, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-16 ATS. The Bulls are 29-8 and 21-15-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cavaliers post a 15-18 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulls have gone 19-18 against the number.

View Chicago vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Cavaliers in this one, they're listed as 8.5-point underdogs on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 190 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 1-rated Bulls taking on the No. 23-rated Cavaliers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 103-90 win for the Bulls on Friday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulls rank No. 1 in the league with 45.8 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 9-ranked team at 6.9 per game, while the Bulls rate No. 18 with 6 per contest.

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 90.1 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 96-89 winner as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Bulls covered in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago got 29 points from Derrick Rose en route to a 96-89 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 120-103 loser on the road against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (223) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Antawn Jamison scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 120-103 against New York in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 8-2
After playing New York are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Bulls at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
Cleveland is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago at Philadelphia, Sunday, March 4
Cleveland at Washington, Saturday, March 3