The only way is up for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, after one of the worst shooting displays of the NBA season so far. Amid such a slump, they’ll hope home advantage can spark an improvement when Cleveland come to town.
That’s not often been the case though. Chicago are a rare group with a better record on the road (17-11) than at home (15-13). The Bulls shot less than 30% in a blowout loss to Oklahoma City two days ago, as an already offensively challenged side reached a new low, sustaining a sixth reverse in nine games.
Additionally, their woes were compounded when Taj Gibson sustained a knee sprain and he’s a doubt to face the Cavs.
Chicago have won 11 straight against their divisional rivals, including a 115-86 road victory in November. Yet the Cavaliers have been steadily improving, with narrow losses to Miami and San Antonio in the past two weeks, as well as two victories from their last three. So have a look at them on the handicap here, with Kyrie Irving good value to score 23 points or more at 1.85.
What do you do with a problem like Dallas? Less than two years removed from their title, the Mavericks are headed nowhere except the Lottery and not even a return to something like his best form from Dirk Nowitzki is likely to halt their slide.
It’s going to be fascinating off-season because with owner Mark Cuban pledging that his German star will finish his career with the team, we’re likely to see his ambitions spark a radical overhaul.
That could affect the motivation of this roster with many playing to earn new deals elsewhere and they’ll get one of their better opportunities to shine when Milwaukee arrive tonight.
The Bucks have won just one of their last five and although they’ve run opponents close and been boosted by the addition of JJ Redick, expect the Mavs to take victory.
Bet of the Day: Take Cleveland +7 at 1.91
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