Nov 30, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) reacts beside Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (21) late in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Game 26: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls Preview

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LAST TIME OUT

Your Cleveland Cavaliers (10-15) snuck past the Milwaukee Bucks at home in an overtime victory.  The Cavs were without their sixth man Dion Waiters, but were led by their point guard Kyrie Irving who finished the game with 39 points.

THIS TIME UP

The Opponent: Chicago Bulls

Record: 9-16 (6-5 home)

Tipoff: Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. — United Center

Where you can watch: Fox Sports Ohio/NBA League Pass

Where you can listen: WTAM 1100

Previous Matchup:  97-93 Cavaliers win at Quicken Loans Arena — Nov. 30

Opponent’s Blog: Pippen Ain’t Easy

Injury Report

Bulls: SG Jimmy Butler (OUT, ankle), SF Luol Deng (OUT, left achilles), SG Kirk Hinrich (GAME-TIME DECISION, back), PG Derrick Rose (OUT, knee)

Cavaliers: SF Anthony Bennett (OUT, illness), SG Dion Waiters (GAME-TIME DECISION, wrist)

Look at How the Cavs Respond After a Home Overtime Win, and Travel the Next Night to Chicago

The Cavs have a chance to pick up some momentum with the Nets coming up next.  These games—against teams with worse records—are games the Cavs have to win if they want to be a playoff team.

Who’s Going to Guard Kyrie?

Rose, Hinrich, Butler…are all likely not to play. Hinrich has always done a good job at shutting down Irving every time they play each other.  Marquis Teague, D.J. Augustine and Tony Snell are all names that could find themselves guarding Irving tonight.

Varejao vs. Noah

This is always a good matchup to watch. Both players don’t like each other and both players play with high intensity. However, Varejao isn’t the center Noah has to worry about. He will have his hands full trying to contain Andrew Bynum. The Cavs have put an emphasis on getting the ball down low to him the past few games.

Prediction

NBA fans still haven’t really seen a true Kyrie-Derrick Rose matchup with all the injuries Rose has been facing the past two years.  Without their All-Star point guard, the Bulls just aren’t themselves and are sporting a 9-16 record.Because of this, I predict a Cavaliers win.

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Tags: Anderson Varejao Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving

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