The division rival Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to renew hostilities on Monday night at 8:00pm EST when they meet at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 2 that can be seen on TNT and Fox Sports Ohio. 2010 NBA playoffs odds makers currently have the Cavaliers listed as 10.5-point betting favorites versus the Bulls, while the game’s total is sitting at 191.5. The Cavaliers took a one-sided 96-83 victory over the Bulls in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday afternoon. Cleveland covered as an 11.5-point home favorite in NBA betting odds while the final score played UNDER the 193.5-point total at online sportsbooks.
LeBron James cashed in an and-1 layup to ice the game in the fourth quarter, finishing with 24 points six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Guard Mo Williams scored 19 points and dished out 10 assists in the win. Shaquille O’Neal missed the last 23 games for the Cavs undergoing thumb surgery but has come back into these playoffs 20-lbs lighter, netted 12 points in Game 1 and is looking like the Shaq of old. “This is very vital for me, vital for everybody,” he said after the game. “I wanted to come back extra, extra ready. This is the time we have to be ready.” Bet the Cavaliers -10.5 as favorites in 2010 NBA playoffs odds for Game 2 with up to 260% in total bonuses and a 200% poker bonus.
The Bulls got 28 points from second-year guard Derrick Rose in the loss. He added 10 assists and seven rebounds to his stat line. Small forward Luol Deng scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in support. “We can’t wait to play,” Rose said about playing Game 2. “I know I can’t. This is something I live for. I think about it every minute of the day, playing against the best team in the NBA.” Heading into tonight’s match-up on TNT, Chicago is 41-41 straight up on the season, 42-38-2 against the spread, 5-5 when playing on Monday and 5-5 after a loss. Bet the Bulls +10.5 in Game 2 as underdogs in 2010 NBA playoffs odds with up to a 20% initial deposit bonus.
The Cavaliers have gone 61-21 straight up this year, 37-43-2 against the spread, 6-4 on Monday and 7-3 after a win. Cleveland is 22-3 straight up in their last 25 games at home and 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago. The NBA betting total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Cavaliers last 6 games when playing the Bulls and UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games on the road. Vegas odds at the MGM Mirage sportsbook have the Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 favorites in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls with a total of 191.5.