Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 1/2/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday.
The Bulls stepped onto the hardwood against the Bucks and walked away with a win by a score of 119-113 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Bulls finished with 23 and the Bucks had 21 personal fouls. They also made 9 of their 44 attempts from distance. Milwaukee finished the game shooting 68.8% at the free throw line by making 22 of their 32 attempts. Additionally, Milwaukee pulled down 61 rebounds (22 offensive, 39 defensive) and earned 10 blocked shots. Milwaukee dished out 18 assists and had 7 steals in the game. Pertaining to the defense, Chicago let their opponent shoot 37.3% from the field on 41 of 110 shooting. They also doled out 21 assists for the game in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and having 5 steals. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned 52 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Bulls converted 26 of 30 tries for a percentage of 86.7%. Chicago finished the contest with a 45.7% FG percentage (42 of 92) and made 9 of their 23 shots from 3-point land.
DeMar DeRozan is a guy who was a contributor for the contest. DeRozan ended up going 60.0% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. He saw the court for 44 mins and also grabbed 10 boards. He racked up 42 points on 15 out of 25 shooting.
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Chicago comes into this matchup with a record of 15-19 on the year. They are turning it over 14.1 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 19.9 fouls per game. As a team, Chicago is snagging 42.3 rebounds per contest and has tallied 847 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 15th in the league in terms of passing. The Bulls are connecting on 36.8% on shots from downtown (362 of 983) and 81.8% from the charity stripe. They average 113.6 pts per game (16th in the league) on 48.3% from the field.
On defense, the Bulls are forcing 15.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 18th in the league in PPG allowed (115.0). The Bulls are giving up a FG percentage of 47.7% (1,423 of 2,982) and they relinquish 43.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 21st in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 897 surrendered so far this season.
In their last game, the Cavaliers took a defeat with a final score of 135-126 against the Pacers. When talking about how they rebounded, Cleveland permitted Indiana to pull down 32 in total (4 on the offensive side). They finished 61.3% from 3-point land via 19 out of 31 and ended up shooting 20 of 21 at the free throw line (95.2%). The Cavaliers allowed the Pacers to convert 48 out of 85 tries from the floor which had them shooting 56.5% for the game. At the conclusion of this game, the Cavaliers walked away from this one shooting 50 out of 96 from the field which had them sitting at 52.1%. In relation to shots from downtown, Cleveland converted 12 of their 28 tries (42.9%). They were able to make 14 of them for a rate of 70.0%. The Pacers had 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 20 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Cavaliers collected 27 defensive boards and 17 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the game.
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Cavaliers for the contest. Mitchell accumulated 28 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 6 assists in the game. He made 10 of 25 for this game for a rate of 40.0%, and added 4 rebounds.
Cleveland has a win-loss mark of 22-13 on the year. As an offense, the Cavaliers are shooting 48.0% from the floor, which is ranked 7th in the league. Cleveland has totaled 3,887 points on the season (111.1 per game) and they grab 42.4 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 23.4 times per game (24th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.6 times per contest. The Cavaliers commit 19.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 79.5% from the charity stripe.
The Cleveland defense concedes 35.9% on three-point shots (408 of 1,137) and their opposition makes 75.7% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 22.7 assists and 40.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 3rd and 1st in basketball. The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in points given up per game with 105.5. They are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.8% from the field (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago
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