Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip-off: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Bulls are currently coming off the worst shooting display in the NBA this season, however according to YouWager experts this team posted the best effort in the league in 2012-13 during an earlier matchup versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tonight the Bulls will try to recover from from a forgettable performance as they open a three-game homestand seeking a 12th consecutive victory versus the Cavaliers.
Chicago (32-24), averaging 92.5 points to rank near the bottom of the league, has been limited to 87.6 per game during a 3-6 stretch. Things got harder for the Bulls in a 102-72 defeat versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
Nate Robinson had 13 points and shot 2 of 14 as Chicago was held to 29.06 percent from the field — their lowest mark in nine seasons and slightly worse than the Charlotte Bobcats’ 29.11 effort against Oklahoma City in November.
The Bulls, who are still playing without Derrick Rose, were also missing Kirk Hinrich for the 10th time in 11 games due to a sore right elbow. The Bulls could also be missing Taj Gibson tonight who had eight points and went 2 of 11 from the floor before leaving Sunday with a sprained left knee.
The Bulls have done their job when facing the Cavs(18-38) of late. Chicago has shot 50.5 percent and outscored Cleveland by an average of 17.8 points during their 11-game winning streak in the series.
Included in that run is a 115-86 road win Nov. 2. The Bulls went 44 for 69 from the field for the highest field-goal percentage (63.8) by any team this NBA season.
The Cavaliers posted back-to-back victories versus the New Orleans Hornets and the Orlando Magic before coming up short 109-105 versus the Miami Heat on Sunday. Cleveland, who trailed by 22 in the third quarter, led by eight with under five minutes to go but wasn’t able to hold on.
Rookie Dion Waiters, averaging 18.5 points and 51.7 percent shooting over the last four basketball games, scored a team-high 26. C.J. Miles made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points off the bench.
Kyrie Irving, sixth in the NBA with 23.3 points per game, scored 17 and is averaging 16.1 and 35.9 percent from the field during the last nine losses. On the other hand, he’s scored 30.2 per game during Cleveland’s past 11 victories.
According to the NBA point spread, the 20 year-old has scored 15 points in each of his two matchups with the Bulls this season, going a combined 10 for 26 (38.5 percent) from the floor.