NBA Central Division Showdown Between Chicago and Cleveland

While the NCAA Tournament takes a one-day break before the national title game on Monday, the NBA regular season is winding to an end. On Sunday, two Central Division rivals will tip off when the Chicago Bulls visit the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers are currently favored by 8 points with the point total sitting on 198.5.

Cleveland leads Chicago by three games with only six remaining for each team. Overall, Cleveland is 49-27 and 39-37 ATS on the season and Chicago is 46-30 SU and 35-41 ATS. Cleveland is attempting to hold off both Chicago and Toronto, which is 45-32, for the Eastern Conference’s second seed behind just the Atlanta Hawks who have already clinched the No. 1 seed.

Cleveland has not played since Thursday night when they routed Miami 114-88 as a home favorite of 9.5 points. Prior to the Miami win, the Heat defeated Philadelphia 87-86 and lost to Brooklyn 106-98.

The Cavaliers have won 17 consecutive games at home, last losing in early January to Houston. Kevin Love missed Cleveland’s last outing due to a sore back. Love is probable for Sunday’s game.

Chicago won at home against on Friday by the score of 88-82 as a favorite of 9.5 points over Detroit. In their past five games at home, Chicago is 5-0 SU while 4-1 ATS, but has many more troubles playing on the road where the team is 3-7 SU and 2-8 ATS in its past 10 games overall away from home. As road dogs, the Bulls are 0-5 ATS in their 5 games on the road. The UNDER has cashed in both of the past two games played by Chicago. In the 11 games prior to the past 2, the OVER has cashed in 9 of the 11.

The Bulls are 1-2 SU as well as ATS this season against Cleveland. Chicago lost to Cleveland 108-94 the last time they played in Cleveland. Chicago must get a better showing in this game as they could possibly meet in the second round of the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland has only four losses against the spread in its past 17 games at home. Cleveland has strong emotion towards winning and securing its playoff spot. Chicago needs the win bad, which should make for a competitive game.

Pick: Lean toward the OVER and to a Cleveland win.