The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will meet for the second time during this NBA preseason on Sunday. There, the Cavaliers will look to avenge their loss from their preseason opener, while the Bulls will look to continue destroying their competition in these exhibition games. Either way, these Central Division foes will aim to develop more continuity among their current roster heading into the regular season.
Chicago enters their third preseason contest with a 2-0 record, while the Cavaliers come into this game at 1-2. But both teams have players who could make a difference in the limited action that they should see in the preseason. In this betting pick for the Cavaliers vs. Bulls preseason matchup, find out what odds to bet on ahead of this contest.
Chicago Bulls – Dominating the Preseason
So far this preseason, it is hard not to tip the Chicago Bulls as the winner of any game they take part in. They have won both of their preseason games thus far, and have done so in dominant fashion. Chicago has averaged a +36.0 point differential in each of their first preseason contests, making them a deserved favorite in this Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls game.
So far this preseason, Zach LaVine has scored over 20 points in each of the Bulls’ two games. But they have received plenty of contributions from their new additions as well, including Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. Caruso has lead the Bulls in assists in each of their first two preseason matchups, while Ball has been an all-around contributor, including on the defensive end of the floor.
Expected Line-Up: Javonte Green, Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic
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Cleveland Cavaliers – Trying To Figure It Out
The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost two of their three games during the NBA preseason, which included a 131-95 loss at the hands of the Bulls. This isn’t entirely unexpected from the Cavaliers, as they are going to be trying to figure out who is best suited to play alongside Darius Garland and Collin Sexton early this season. In this game, that process will continue even if a victory isn’t considered likely to follow.
Cleveland’s roster construction is a little perplexing in the modern NBA, as they started two centers in their last game. Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley can both bring plenty to the table this season for the Cavs. But putting them on the floor together in the preseason and in the regular season could give opponents a speed advantage and the ability to exploit their defense on the perimeter.
Expected Line-Up: Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen
Expert Pick #1 – Bulls -6.5 @ -110
The best pick for this game has to be the Chicago Bulls to cover the spread at -110 odds. They have been great this preseason, and taking it more seriously than most teams as they look to integrate their new additions into a team that had already been close to making the postseason last year. Expect Chicago to put forth another quality effort here as they should win by another large margin if they do indeed win.
Expert Pick #2 – Bulls to Win @ -290
Another bet worth making for this game is the Bulls to simply win the game at odds of -290. That is a lot of juice to pay for a team to win a basketball game, but without the large number of prop bets available in the preseason, this becomes one of the best bets on the board by default for this game. With the Bulls being likely to cover the spread, they should have no problem picking up a straight up victory either.
Expert Pick #3 – Over 220 @ -110
The final bet to make on this contest will be the over 220 at -110 odds. The Bulls have been lighting up the scoreboard this preseason, putting up point totals in the 130s and looking like the most impressive team in the league during the preseason. Expect that trend to continue, as the Bulls will help the total hit by putting up another big number.
The fact of the matter is that the Chicago Bulls are just operating on a higher level than the Cleveland Cavaliers this preseason. Chicago is trying to optimize a roster that is likely to compete for the playoffs in the East, while the Cavaliers are trying to figure out who belongs on the court for them. Chicago will show Cleveland that there are levels to the game of basketball with a convincing win.