Cavaliers vs. Bulls Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 2 (Cleveland Stays Dominant in Front of Home Crowd)

Larry Rupp
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Nam Y. Huh
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Cavaliers vs. Bulls Game Info

  • Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coverage: BSOH and NBCS-CHI

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Monday with 11 more games, including a battle between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls rank 11th in the Eastern Conference with an 11-20 record, while the Cavaliers check in fourth in with a 23-14 record.

Both of these teams have been hot as Chicago has won five of its last seven games while Cleveland has won six of its last nine. It was the Cavaliers that came out on top over the Bulls by a score of 103-102 on Saturday, though, so Chicago will look to return the favor on the road.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Odds & Spread

All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Cavaliers vs Bulls Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Cavaliers -3.5 - - 221.5 -110 -110 -152 128

The Cavaliers enter this contest as notable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 222.5 points, which is below average compared to Monday's projected totals.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers covered 41 times in 82 games with a spread last season.
  • The Bulls went 5-14 as underdogs of 3.5 points or greater last year.
  • The Cavaliers and their opponents combined to go over the point total 37 out of 82 times last season.
  • There were 40 Bulls games (out of 82) that hit the over last year.

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Prediction & Pick

The Cavaliers took down the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday and will now look to find a similar result in front of their home crowd at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Cleveland owns a spectacular 16-4 home record on the year and has posted an average scoring margin of +8.7 in those games (T-No. 5 in NBA).

The Bulls have fared well on the road this season, averaging 113.7 points per game on a 47.5% shooting mark. However, they are also allowing 116.8 points per away game on an opponent shooting mark of 49.0%.

The Cavaliers should be able to use their depth to gain a clear offensive advantage tonight, so I'll side with them in another close battle.

Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers: 115 | Bulls: 112

Cavaliers vs. Bulls Best Bet

These teams rely on defense to get the job done most of the time, but that hasn't been the case as of late. Both the Bulls and Cavaliers are averaging over 115.0 points across their last three games. Cleveland is also allowing 120.7 points per game during that span, making the over look safe.

The total has hit the over in four of Chicago's last five games as well as in five of Cleveland's last six games. The over has cashed in four of the Cavaliers' last five home games as well. This game is filled with talented scorers like Donovan Mitchell and Zach LaVine, so trust them to step up on Monday.

Bet: Over 222.5 Points (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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