Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip-off: Monday, January 7, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
The last time the Chicago Bears met the Cleveland Cavaliers at home things didn’t go quite the way they were expecting, according to YouWager experts.
After sweeping a two-game trip in Florida, Chicago would like to keep their road success going tonight when they go for their 11th straight victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Bulls (18-13) certainly have the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 9-5 however they’re only 9-8 at the United Center.
They’ve dropped two of three at home, including a 91-81 defeat last Monday that ended the Charlotte Bobcats 18-game losing streak.
The Bulls have shot a combined 34.4 percent from their field in its last two home games, however managed to improve their offensive efficiency by shooting 45.9 percent in consecutive victories versus the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat.
Former Cleveland player Carlos Boozer gave the team a lift, scoring 58 points on 25-of-39 shooting and pulling down 23 rebounds in the two games away from home.
Even when online sports betting experts consider Luol Deng finished with a season-low six points on 2-of-9 shooting Friday, he still looks likely to recover against Cleveland. Deng has averaged 20.3 points while shooting 62.5 percent from the field in his last four games in the series, including a 22-point effort in a 95-85 victory versus at home on Dec. 5.
Lately Chicago has done a great job of getting to the foul line, averaging 24.5 free-throw attempts in their last two contests after averaging 16.0 in their previous four.
The Bulls will try to stay aggressive against the Cavs who are allowing teams to get to the line 25.3 times per game — among the most in the NBA — and has seen opponents average 31.5 attempts in their last four.
In December’s loss the Cavaliers (8-27) were without Kyrie Irving because of a broken finger, however having the reigning rookie of the year didn’t help in a 115-86 loss Nov. 2.
The Cavs have managed to reach 100 points in three of its last four games, however Chicago has limited Cleveland to just 83.0 points on 37.4 percent shooting during the nine games since Lebron James left for the Heat.