Free NBA Basketball Picks – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls February 12, 2015

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The Chicago Bulls may have lost twice to the Cleveland Cavaliers this year but don’t expect them to be fazed if they play and LeBron James and company later tonight. For starters, the Bulls are riding high right now, extending their winning streak to three games following their 104-86 NBA Basketball picks conquest of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

NBA Basketball PicksFor the Cavs, winning causes it to be easier to go on from off-the-court issues. And When they win 113-93 road win on Wednesday contrary to the Miami Heat is just what the doctor ordered for a Cleveland team that has been bothered lately with a certain tweet from LeBron James, supposedly regarding Kevin Love’s attitude.

Love, however, finds himself in another unfortunate predicament as he suffered an eye fixed injury in the win contrary to the Miami Heat. Love barely played in the second half that game, finishing the gamet with twelve points, 6 rebounds, and four assists. He’s likely likely to be absent in tonight’s ball game, meaning the Cavs will most likely select from Tristan Thompson or Shawn Marion as Love’s replacement in the starting five.

Thompson, who scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Miami, is averaging 7.1 PPG and 10.0 RPG throughout the last 10 Cavs outings.

Without Love, the residual Big Three members in Kyrie Irving and LeBron James is likely to be left with all the scoring. James averaged 31.0 PPG in the previous two meetings with the Bulls. He only had 18 points vst Miami, he got tremendous support on offense from Irving (15 points), Timofey Mozgov (20) and Iman Shumpert, who scored 13 points off the bench.

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Now comes the hard part for Chicag . They have won three-straight games against weaker competition in the New Orleans Pelicans, the Orlando Magic, and the Sacramento Kings, respectively, Chicago is playing one of the hottest teams in the league and have a showdown with the Cavs later tonight.

Cleveland has outplayed the Bulls inside over the two teams’ previous 2 meetings, where in the Cavs outscored Chicago in the paint, 104-74.  Chicago’s leaky inside defense has been repeatedly taken advantage by its opponents this year, while the Bulls are giving up 42.9 points in the paint per game. This is somewhat surprising, considering that they’re tops in the league in blocks with 6.4 a game title behind a reliable trio of rim protectors in Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson.

The existing run of strong performances by Pau Gasol provides the Bulls hope that the Spaniard is approximately in the future up big in the next showdown with Cleveland. Gasol averaged just 13.0 points on 10-for-32 shooting in Chicago’s two previous losses to the Cavs, but is putting up 23.7 PPG and pulling down 15.3 RPG throughout the team’s last three games. Gasol towered over your competition in the Sacramento game, registering another double-double by pouring in 26 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

With the absence of shooting guard Jimmy Butler (shoulder) for tonight’s ball game, more is likely to be asked from the likes of Gasol, especially in terms of scoring. The Bulls, however, should stand for some support from Tony Snell, who’s set to see his minutes increase while Butler is out. Snell recorded a career-high 26 points in 41 minutes against Sacramento. Free NBA Basketball Picks Cleveland Wins a tight game.

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