Cavs vs Bulls December 8 Bet Preview and Picks
It’s always good fun when Central division teams get together. Especially so this year, with three teams all in contention for playoff spots in the East. The other two have struggled mightily, but the vibes coming out of the other three still make this a rather formidable division and will make for some fantastic head-to-heads.
Looking at the Cavs, they come in having lost back-to-back games. They lost a heartbreaker to the Jazz, and then to the Bucks on Giannis’ birthday. But if a guy scores 27 points in 27 minutes on the 27-year anniversary of his birth, well, that’s just written in the stars. The Cavs come in very formidable, with their fantastic frontcourt trio ready to pounce. The undersized Bulls may have a hard time.
Alas, DeMar DeRozan is not going to be back for quite some time. He is out at least 10 days in COVID protocol, and the team is badly going to miss him. They do come in having just defeated the Nuggets, but this is a very different team that they will face. They failed to slow Jokic but managed to still see all of their other guys step up and perform. Thank goodness Zach LaVine is around.
The Bulls and Cavs each had some success against one another a year ago, and we’ll see how matchup number one of 2021-22 pans out.
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ODDS AND LINES
The spread for Wednesday night is set at CLE -2.5. The over/under is sitting at 209.5 points. The CLE line is -139, while CHI is +116.
Chicago Seeking Key Road Win
At 17-8, the Bulls have been no joke this year. So many things have gone their way, and it is very clear that all they had to do was surround Zach LaVine with real talent if they wanted to win. The other four current starters are all relatively new, with none of them starting last season with the squad.
Second-round rookie Ayo Dosunmu played well in his first NBA start, taking over for DeMar DeRozan and logging 41 minutes. They also have Derrick Jones Jr., Lonzo Ball, and Nikola Vucevic joining LaVine. They will also remain without Coby White, Javonte Green, and Alex Caruso, though.
They will need to dig deep and find ways to neutralize Cleveland’s big guys if they want a win.
Cavs Aim to Snap Mini-Skid
The Cavs have been all about streaks this year, and their latest run has been consecutive losses. This will mark their third game in four days, having lost twice already. The Jazz and Bucks were able to get it done against them, and nobody is feeling sorry for them out here.
Placing #7 in the NBA’s power rankings on Monday, there is an incredible amount of balance within the league. There are maybe 4-5 fantastic teams, and the rest have been either near .500, or losing practically every last contest.
They will look to Darius Garland to make plays in this one, trying to keep the team’s winning record.
No DeMar, No Caruso, problem indeed. Cleveland will get it done at home.
FREE PLAY: CLE -2.5, OVER 209.5
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