Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Can Nikola Vucevic Produce?

I found one of my favorite props of the year. This number just doesn’t look right. Josh Gayle breaks down the Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers matchup and shares his pick.
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Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Can Nikola Vucevic Produce?

2u - Nikola Vucevic o27.5 PTS/REB (-115) (Bet $230 to Win $200)

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Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

DraftKings is giving us a gift here it feels like. I personally had this prop at 30.5 as a projection so getting 27.5 holds insane value. Big Vooch has played Cleveland three times and has hit in every game vs them even when they were better down low with Jarrett Allen. Evan Mobley is no slouch under the rim but without Allen helping him on the court he has been allowing some major statlines to scoring bigs. Zubac with 38 PR, Siakam with 40 PR, Jokic with 42 PR, Embiid with 52 PR, Bam with 47 PR, and Vucevic himself with 34 PR. Those numbers were just the last weeks, it seems like every game opposing bigs fill the stat-sheet against Cleveland.

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So let's talk about this game in general. The Bulls and Cavs are separated by just one game and every game at this point will play a major impact on playoff seeding. I’m expecting this game to not only remain close but for star players to play extended runs due to the magnitude of the game. Both Chicago and Cleveland are trying to avoid playing in any of the play-in tournament so I’m expecting a highly motivated effort from both teams. This honestly feels too good to be true only needing 28+ PR here.

Vucevic averages 29.3 PR on the season, is 3/3 against Cleveland, is playing in a very important game and Allen remains out as every big has been dominating Cleveland. I consider myself one of the more conservative gamblers out there but if there was ever a time to lay more than 1 unit it’s now. I’ll double it and bet 2 units on this one, I don’t see a single flaw here. I’m expecting some serious line movement. I would play 27.5 for 2u, 28.5 for 1.5u, and 29.5 for 1u if the line has moved by the time you read this. Lavine isn’t currently listed on the sportsbooks which is odd because there is no news of him being injured but if he were to not go for whatever reason I think that will increase Nikola’s usage. Either way, this prop is an absolute home run and something I would play 11/10 times.

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Josh has a knack for picking winning bets, and he specializes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. As a lifelong Detroit sports fan, he has plenty of time on his hands during playoff season. You can follow him on Twitter at @ThatGuyBets.

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