Saturday, February 25, 2017
Quicken Loans Arena
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The Chicago Bulls head to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 9 point favorites.
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The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 28-29. They are 3rd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.7 as they are averaging 102.1 points per game while giving up 102.8 per contest. The Cavaliers have an overall record of 40-16. They currently are 1st in the Central Division. They are averaging 111.5 points per game and surrendering 105.9, good for a point differential of 5.6.
Dwyane Wade comes into this game averaging 19.1 points per contest while playing 30.4 minutes per night so far this year for the Bulls. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per contest and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Jimmy Butler averages 24.5 points per game in 36.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5 assists per contest and 6.3 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%.
Kyrie Irving averages 24.4 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per contest this year for the Cavaliers. He grabs 3.1 rebounds per game and has 5.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Lebron James averages 25.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 37.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.8 rebounds per contest and 8.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
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Chicago averages 102.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.67 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 46.5 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per game which ranks them 2nd and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 13.4 per game. The Bulls allow 102.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 22nd and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.4 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 24 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league.
Cleveland averages 111.5 points per game this year which ranks them 3rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 5.55 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 6th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 2nd in the NBA. They average 44.1 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 14th respectively. In the turnover department the Cavaliers rank 15th with 13.9 per game. The Cavaliers allow 105.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 18th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 43.9 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. The Cavaliers force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the NBA.
The Bulls have an offensive rating of 107.3 and a defensive rating of 108.1. In terms of pace they average 94.8 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 24% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Cavaliers rating on offense is 114.3 and they have a defensive rating of 108.6. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 54%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shot attempts. Cleveland turns the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 28-29-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 21-36-0 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 27-27-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 32-24-0 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
02/24/17 G Anthony Morrow Acquired "?" Friday vs. Phoenix
02/24/17 C Joffrey Lauvergne Acquired "?" Friday vs. Phoenix
02/24/17 G Cameron Payne Acquired "?" Friday vs. Phoenix
02/23/17 G Dwyane Wade Wrist missed last game, probable Friday vs. Phoenix
02/23/17 F Paul Zipser Ankle expected to miss Friday vs. Phoenix
02/23/17 PG Rajon Rondo Ankle injured last game, probable Friday vs. Phoenix
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/21/16 G J.R. Smith Thumb out indefinitely
12/16/16 F Chris Andersen ACL out for season
02/14/17 F Kevin Love Knee expected to miss 6 weeks
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago +9
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