NBA Thursday Preview – Cleveland vs Chicago
Before nba gambling fans turn their attention to other sports betting events this weekend, we have the Friday NBA schedule. It’s time for our weekly Friday hoops picks for NBA betting action.
NBA Betting – Bulls look to take control in East playoff race
Don’t let Masters betting get in the way of Thursday night’s game in the NBA featuring Cleveland and Chicago, two teams at opposite ends of the playoff spectrum. The Cavaliers don’t have anything left to play for except practice and pride, while the Bulls are hot on Toronto’s heels for the final playoff spot in the East, and with the Raptors losing their star player, it looks like eighth is there for the taking for Chicago.
Cavaliers vs Bulls odds – Thursday, April 8, 8:00 PM ET
The Cavs came away with a 113-101 win over the Raptors on Tuesday, but you get the feeling that they never really put their foot on the gas until the third quarter, when they outscored the Raptors by nine points. The Cavs even did the Bulls another favor as Antawn Jamison hit Chris Bosh with an accidental elbow, breaking his nose and other facial bones. Jamison led seven Cleveland players in double figures with 20 points, while LeBron James added 19 points and 13 assists for the Cavaliers, who are the online sports betting co-favorites for the NBA title and with first place wrapped up in the East, they have the luxury to rest players. Mo Williams, for example, didn’t play a second of the fourth quarter.
The Bulls failed to take advantage of the Raptors’ problems when they lost 79-74 to Milwaukee at home on Tuesday, and ironically, they were gored by a former Bull as John Salmons, who was traded to the Bucks at the deadline, lit them up for 26 points. Luol Deng had 16 points and 10 boards to lead the Bulls, who shot 43.2% from the field, including 3-of-11 from beyond the arc, and they were only 7-of-11 at the foul line. They failed to attack the rim knowing that the Bucks were missing injured center Andrew Bogut, and the Bulls may miss the postseason because of it.
Sportsbook should favor the Cavs in Chicago, as they have been the favorites for their last four trips to the Windy City, splitting those four meetings. The Cavaliers have won two of three against the Bulls this season, and James has led the way with 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists, while the Bulls are going to need more out of Rose, who has averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 assists against the Cavaliers this season. The Bulls should realistically win this game, but after their performance against Milwaukee at home on Tuesday, can you feel confident in them? Even though the Cavaliers have nothing to play for, they still have the MVP of the league in James who can turn it on when he wants to, and the Cavaliers as a team have a lot of pride. We’re going with Cleveland on the road in our NBA betting picks.