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Cavaliers Big Home Favorites Over Bulls on Thursday Night

The NBA returns on Thursday night, so we're looking at the matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The game at Quicken Loans Arena is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 PM ET, with television coverage provided by TNT and TSN. Currently, the Cavs are strong favorites to win at home.

The Bulls are 27-25 SU and 19-33 ATS so far this season. They are 11-15 on the road, and 27 of their games have gone OVER the line, with 24 going UNDER, and 1 being a PUSH. They are coming off of a 113-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, where they lost against the spread as 3 ½ point home underdogs. The total went UNDER the 205 ½ point line set by sports gambling oddsmakers for that one.

The Cavaliers are 38-14 SU and 23-26-3 ATS overall this year. They are 22-4 at home, and 26 of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other 26 all going UNDER. They are coming off of a 120-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, where they failed to cover the spread as -16 point home favorites. The total went OVER the 210 ½ point line set by NBA gambling pros in that game.

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Chicago is 9-2 ATS on Thursday night, and 3-8 ATS against the Central Division. They are 1-4 ATS coming off of a SU or spread loss, and 2-8 ATS against Eastern Conference opponents. They are 1-5 ATS on the road, and 0-4 ATS against teams with a winning record.

The total has gone UNDER in all 4 of their recent games against the Eastern Conference, and OVER in 5 of their last 6 against the Central Division. The total has gone OVER in 12 of their last 15 games on the road, and OVER in 8 of their last 11 on the road against teams with a winning record at home. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 on Thursday night, and OVER in 9 of their last 13 games coming off of a SU loss.

Cleveland is 4-0 ATS on Thursday night, and 10-4-1 ATS against teams with a winning record overall. They are 8-17-2 ATS coming off of a loss spreadwise, and 1-5-2 ATS against opponents from the Eastern Conference.

The total has gone OVER in all 6 of their games coming off of a SU win, and OVER in 6 of their last 7 against the Central Division. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 after a loss spreadwise, and OVER in 6 of their last 8 games overall. The total has gone UNDER in 13 of their last 18 games against Eastern Conference teams.

Between these teams, the Bulls are 17-7 ATS lately, and 4-1 ATS when playing in Cleveland. The road team is 4-0 ATS, while the underdog is 5-0 ATS in this series. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 meetings, and UNDER in 5 of their last 7 matchups in Cleveland.

They last met on January 23, 2016, when Chicago won 96-83, and won against the spread as 10 ½ point road underdogs. The total went UNDER the 202 point line set by the sportsbook for that matchup.

For Thursday night's game, betting odds list the Cavaliers as -13 point home favorites. The over/under is set at 207 ½ points. On the moneyline, Chicago is a +800, while Cleveland is listed at -1250.