Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Free Pick 02/12/15
Play the Cleveland Cavaliers ML.
Few would have predicted that the Cavs would be sitting 12 games out of first in the Eastern Conference in mid January, but it didn’t exactly surprise me.
This is what I said before the season started:
“Let’s be realistic about LeBron’s move to Cleveland. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a team stacked with free agent stars. The Lakers signed Karl Malone and Gary Payton to play alongside Shaq and Kobe, but a lack of chemistry resulted in a loss to the Pistons in the 2004 Final. The Heat and the Big 3 didn’t win the Championship either in their first season together, and it’s going to take time for things to happen in Cleveland.”
A month later and Cleveland has a chance to head into the All Star break in first place in the Central Division. They trail the Bulls by just a half a game, and they visit Chicago tonight.
Cleveland comes in as winners of 14-of-15, and they’ve been lighting it up on offense during that span. The Bulls will be without their leading scorer Jimmy Butler, and that leaves them with one less defender to handle LeBron. James has owned the Bulls over the years, averaging over 31 points in his last 17 visits to Chicago.
He scored 36 in an overtime win at the United Center earlier this season.