8:00 PM ET, November 11, 2013
United Center, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Bulls and their coach Tom Thibodeau know they still have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to impress YouWager bettors.
Tonight, Chicago will try to build on a lopsided win versus the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers as former No. 1 overall picks Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving meet for the first time.
After their worst start since 2007-08, the Bulls (2-3) blew out the Utah Jazz 97-73 on Friday night with Luol Deng nearly registering his first triple-double. Deng had a team-leading 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Chicago, who had their best defensive performance of the NBA season.
The Bulls held Utah to 29.4 percent from the field after allowing an average of 98.0 points on 44.2 percent shooting in its first four games.
Rose is still trying to bounce back. He’s committing a league-worst 5.0 turnovers per game and shooting 32.0 percent after sitting out the entire 2012-13 basketballseason with a torn ACL. The 25 year-old has yet to score more than 18 points or hand out more than six assists.
Rose is averaging 24.5 points and 8.2 assists in his last 11 games versus Cleveland (3-4), including five in the NBA playoffs.
However, as online sports bettors know, the former MVP has never matched up with Irving, his young point guard counterpart with Cleveland who is coming off one of his best performances.
Irving scored 39 points — two shy of his career best — and handed out 12 assists as the Cavs edged the Philadelphia 76ers 127-125 in double overtime Saturday. After missing potentially game-winning shots in regulation and the first extra period, Irving made a layup with 0.6 seconds left to help his team avoid a third consecutive loss.
With Irving resting a sore knee in the teams’ last meeting, Dion Waiters scored 25 points as the Cavaliers snapped an 11-game regular-season skid in the series with a 101-98 win in Chicago on Feb. 26.
Waiters scored 24 on Saturday and is averaging 21.0 points in his last three games, compared to 9.5 through Cleveland’s first four.