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Game #34 Preview: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Bulls have completely demolished the Cavaliers in their past two meetings. Let's try not to make it a three in a row (spoiler: I am not confident). With Anderson Varejao out and Derrick Rose actually playing for Chicago this time, expect a blowout -- if we get a better game than that, well, that's super.

Song Of The Day: Just Feel Better - Santana


Feel better, Kyrie.

Tonight's Overview:

Chicago Bulls (29-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-20)

Kyrie Irving is reportedly feeling sick and missed today's shoot around. He is questionable for tonight's game against Chicago. While that's not a good thing for the Cavs' chances tonight, it may actually be a blessing in disguise. If Kyrie is unable to go tonight, it opens the door for Ramon Sessions to start tonight. As everybody knows, Sessions is definitely being shopped at the trade deadline and a solid performance in a starting role could help boost his value. I obviously want to see Irving play, but there is a silver lining.

The Bulls are just a really bad matchup for Cleveland overall. And by that I mean, the Bulls are way more talented than the Cavaliers. Joakim Noah, Omer Asik, and Taj Gibson will eat our frontline alive. I'm not really looking forward to it, but it seems inevitable.

This is a short preview because I'm currently at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. It's an amazing event for sports nerds (like me) and some of it is streaming online. You should definitely check it out if you have a chance.

Key Matchup:

Antawn Jamison vs. Carlos Boozer

This is a matchup of hilarious power forwards that play absolutely no defense. Boozer was the defense-less PF of the Cavs past and Antawn Jamison is the defense-less PF of the Cavs present. Hopefully Tristan Thompson is the next PF for the Cavs future, but obviously he plays defense. I'm not sure if Jamison vs. Boozer will have much of an impact on the final score of this game, but it should be pretty fun to watch both guys play some matador defense.

Fear The Sword's Fearless Prediction:

So much pain. Bulls win 104-83.