Fans will watch Bulls vs. Cavaliers live stream online and televised coverage as their 2016 NBA basketball match goes down Saturday night. While many parts of the country are buried in snow, it appears this game will go forth at Quicken Loans Arena with nationally-televised coverage. The other major story will be Cleveland, which currently leads the East standings, playing its first game since the shocking news that head coach David Blatt was fired on Friday. Chicago will try to take advantage of the possibly shaken up team in order to grab a road win over their recent rivals. The 2016 NBA live streaming and televised coverage comes via ESPN and ABC networks for Saturday primetime NBA.
According to a Fox Sports report on Jan. 23, even superstar LeBron James was shocked by the Cavaliers organization canning their head coach midseason. There had been speculation that James was involved in the decision to get rid of Blatt due to their being grumblings he was abrasive and tough for the players to connect with. When asked about whether he had anything to do with it, LeBron told the media, “That’s not my concern. I found out about it just like every other player on this team at 3:30 yesterday.” The Cavaliers currently sit at 30-11 overall and are leading the Eastern Conference standings by three games over the Toronto Raptors. Stepping in as the team’s new head coach will be assistant Tyron Lue, who formerly played several seasons in the NBA with the L.A. Lakers.
The Chicago Bulls come into this game 6-1/2 games behind the top spot in the East and currently at fourth overall. They’ll also come into this game on a two-game losing streak, being defeated by Golden State in a 125-94 rout and then by the Celtics 110-101 in Boston last night. Right now, they’re missing the defensive tenacity and aggressive inside play of All-Star Joakim Noah who is sidelined by recent surgery he had on a dislocated shoulder. However, the team still has Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic to provide necessary rebounding, defending and interior shooting. Chicago currently ranks at No. 17 in the league in terms of opponents’ points per game as they allow 101.5 per game. The Cavaliers are currently second in defense in the league but actually rank a few notches below the Bulls in points scored per game with 101.4 per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently a 10-1/2 point favorite on the spread listed at 5Dimes. The Cavs are also -670 moneyline favorites, while the Chicago Bulls are +485 underdogs. Tonight’s points total for the over/under is 202 points for the game. Both teams are listed amongst top 10 contenders on the future odds to win the NBA Finals. Cleveland is second to Golden State with 5 to 2 odds, while the Bulls are sixth on the list with odds of 30 to 1 to win the NBA Championship this year.
Saturday’s Bulls vs. Cavaliers game has a scheduled tip-off of approximately 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To watch the game on live TV, viewers in the United States can use their ABC affiliate channels. To watch the Bulls vs. Cavs game live streaming online, cable and satellite customers can use the WatchESPN website or mobile apps. Customers in select regions can also use the Watch ABC app or website where available. To listen to live audio commentary, Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscribers can hear home team coverage on channel 217 or away team coverage on internet channel 884.