The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers open the 2010 NBA Playoffs tomorrow afternoon with a dust up at the Quicken Loans Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00pm ET on ABC. Game 1 NBA Odds and Picks at Sportsbook.com have the Cavaliers listed as a -11 against the spread home favorite; the game total is set at 191.5.
The Chicago Bulls made a dramatic late season run to steal the final Eastern Conference playoff spot from Toronto. Chicago won seven of its final nine games to finish 41-41 and one game ahead of the Raptors in the conference standings.
The Bulls split their season series with the Cavs, winning at Cleveland 86-85 in November and 109-108 in Chicago earlier this month. Chicago, which is 3-7 straight up in its last 10 trips to Quicken Loans Arena, will need superior efforts from Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah to have any sort of chance against the Cavaliers in tomorrow's game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated during the regular season and finished up with a league best 61-21 record, despite losing five of its final six games. The Cavs were especially tough on their opposition at home where they went 35-6 this season.
LeBron James has averaged 29.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 27 starts against Chicago. Somewhat surprisingly, the Cavs are just 15-12 in those games.
2010 NBA Playoffs Betting Trend: The Bulls are 3-7 against the spread and 1-9 straight up in their last 10 games as a road dog with a spread between 11 and 13.5.
Sportsbook.com 2010 NBA Playoffs: Bulls vs Cavaliers Game 1 Odds & Picks:
Chicago Bulls +11 (-105), Over 191.5 (-110), +675 (Moneyline)
Cleveland Cavaliers -11 (-105), Under 191.5 (-110), -950 (Moneyline)
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