Preview: Cavaliers at Bulls
It's been a month filled with lopsided results for the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately, most of the results have been losses. Coming off another embarrassing defeat, the Bulls will try to get back in the win column when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. Chicago shot a miserable 29.1 percent, the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season, in a 102-72 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday. It dropped the Bulls to 4-7 this month.If recent history is any guide, Chicago could rediscover the dominance it displayed in a recent 30-point win over Charlotte. The Bulls have won 11 in a row against the Cavaliers, including three this season by an average of 21.7 points. Cleveland is wrapping up a three-game road trip before it returns home for five straight. It nearly improved to 2-0 on the trip before losing a late lead in Miami on Sunday. Dion Waiters scored 26 points in a game that saw the Cavs outscore the defending champs by 30 points during one dominant 17-minute stretch.TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Ohio (Cleveland), Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NBATVABOUT THE CAVALIERS (18-38): Among the positives in Cleveland's loss at Miami was one phenomenal stretch by guard C.J. Miles, who scored 11 points in 64 seconds near the end of the third quarter. It turned a 10-point deficit into a one-point lead entering the fourth, and Miles missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would've made the outburst even more remarkable. "Guys just finally decided to start playing," Miles told reporters about the rally. Kyrie Irving added 17 points and Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.ABOUT THE BULLS (32-24): Chicago's last six losses have come by an average of 17.8 points. Its four wins this month have come by an average of 15 points. There has been little in between for a club that entered Monday tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference. To make matters worse, reserve F Taj Gibson, one of the team's defensive stalwarts, left the loss to the Thunder with a sprained knee. In keeping with the extremely inconsistent Bulls, Gibson was coming off a 17-point performance on 8-for-11 shooting in the rout of the Bobcats, but was 2-for-11 in 18 minutes before the injury Sunday.BUZZER BEATERS1. Cleveland is 7-2 in its last nine games against Eastern Conference opponents.2. Bulls G Nate Robinson was 2-for-14 against the Thunder. He is shooting 30.2 percent (16-for-53) over his last five games.3. Chicago has not won a home game in over four weeks, going 0-2 at the United Center while playing 10 games on the road since a home win over Charlotte on Jan. 28.PREDICTION: Bulls 106, Cavaliers 97.
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