Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 3/12/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
United Center is where the Chicago Bulls (40-26) will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (38-27) on Saturday.
The Cavaliers took the court against the Pacers and went home with a win by a final score of 127-124 in their last contest. Cleveland ended the contest having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (47 out of 94) and made 9 of their 32 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers knocked down 24 of their 27 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned a total of 40 with 14 of them being offensive. They also dished out 25 assists for this game in addition to creating 7 turnovers and getting 13 steals. Concerning defense, Cleveland let their opponent shoot 53.8% from the floor on 49 of 91 shooting. Indiana earned 38 dimes and had 35 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Indiana pulled down 27 boards (11 offensive, 16 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Indiana finished the contest at 66.7% from the charity stripe by making 10 of 15 attempts. They also converted 16 out of their 32 attempts from downtown. In reference to personal fouls, the Cavaliers ended up finishing with 16 while the Pacers totaled 17 personal fouls.
Darius Garland is one guy who played a role in this matchup. He accounted for 41 points on 14 out of 26 shooting. He played for 37 mins and snagged 5 boards. Garland finished the contest at 53.8% from the floor and also totaled 13 assists.
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Cleveland comes into this matchup with a mark of 38-27 this year. They currently have an average of 106.9 points per outing (24th in basketball) while connecting on 46.7% from the floor. The Cavaliers are hitting 35.1% on shots from 3-point land (755 of 2,152) and 75.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Cleveland is pulling down 44.7 boards per game and has accounted for 1,636 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 14.8 times per game and as a squad they are committing 17.1 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Cavaliers are forcing 13.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.7 fouls. They rank 6th in the league in giving up assists with 1,520 relinquished for the campaign. The Cavaliers are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 44.6% (2,528 of 5,670) and they surrender 43.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 34.7% from beyond the arc while they are 1st in the league in PPG from their opponents (103.5).
The last time they took the court, the Bulls took home the win by a final score of 114-108 when they played the Pistons. In regard to rebounding, Chicago permitted Detroit to collect 27 in all (5 offensive). They finished 35.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 11 out of 31 and ended up shooting 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). The Bulls allowed the Pistons to convert 42 of 82 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.2% for the matchup. When all was said and done, the Bulls went 40 for 76 from the floor which had them sitting at 52.6%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Chicago made 3 of their 15 tries (20.0%). They were able to convert 31 of them for a percentage of 88.6%. The Pistons earned 16 fouls for the contest which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for 35 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while getting 13 steals in the matchup. The Bulls earned 31 defensive boards and 2 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for this game.
DeMar DeRozan ended up having an impact for the Bulls for the game. He converted 12 of 25 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 48.0%, and accumulated 8 rebounds. DeRozan had 36 points in his 41 minutes on the court and had 4 assists for the contest.
Chicago has a mark of 40-26 on the season. The Bulls have committed 18.8 fouls every game and they connect on 81.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.2 times per contest (15th in the league) and they turn the ball over 12.9 times per game. Chicago has earned 7,422 points on the season (112.5 per contest) and they pull in 42.9 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Bulls are hitting on 48.4% from the floor, which ranks 1st in the NBA.
The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 18th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.0. They have forced 13.1 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (23rd in the NBA). The Chicago defense surrenders 36.3% on 3-pointers (768 of 2,113) and their opponents are connecting on 79.2% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 25.0 dimes and 43.1 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 18th and 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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