The Bulls vs. Cavs live stream online and televised 2016 NBA game will feature the best team in the Eastern Conference hosting a struggling Chicago team just days after the All-Star break. Only LeBron James and Pau Gasol were participants in the game, while Jimmy Butler was sidelined due to injury. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were not selected for the game, but new head coach Tyronn Lue was in charge of the East team which lost 196-173 to the West. Now it’s back to business for both teams, with Cleveland wanting to keep their lead over Toronto for the top spot. The 2016 NBA live streaming and televised action arrives through TNT networks Thursday night.
According to ESPN.com in their Feb. 17 report, both the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are dealing with injuries to star players. For the Bulls, they’re without sidelined All-Star Jimmy Butler, their leading scorer, until March. Cleveland has Kevin Love dealing with a shoulder injury. Prior to the All-Star break, Love had been part of trade rumors to possibly get shifted to Boston, while Cleveland would pick up Carmelo Anthony to join LeBron in Cleveland. Those rumors didn’t come to fruition, but the Cavs remain the top team in the Eastern Conference at 38-14 overall and 22-4 at home. As of right now, Toronto is just three games away from the top spot, making it crucial that Cleveland keeps winning.
On the other side, the Chicago Bulls are 27-25 and in danger of falling out of a potential playoff spot. They had been on a surge back in early January, winning six straight games, which put them just 2-1/2 games away from Cleveland’s lead in the East. Now they sit at the No. 7 spot in the East, ranking just a half game ahead of the No. 8 Charlotte Hornets. Detroit, Washington and Orland are also within reach of a low-hanging playoff spot as of this report, making it that much more urgent for Chicago to find ways to win without Butler and Joakim Noah. That could mean more of the load gets shouldered by Derrick Rose, who currently averages nearly 16 points per game and almost five assists.
Odds makers first listed the Cavs as 12-point favorites, but they’ve since risen as high as 13-points on some books’ point spreads. The over/under for tonight’s game is 205 or 206 at various sports books. In terms of future odds to win this year’s NBA Championship, Cleveland is listed at 17 to 5, making them second only to Golden State. Meanwhile, the struggling Bulls are 50 to 1 favorites, ranking them at seventh in a tie with the Boston Celtics.
Thursday’s Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game gets started at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. To watch the NBA game on live television, United States viewers should use their TNT channel on their service. To watch the game live streaming online, cable and satellite subscribers can log into the TNT Drama website or Watch TNT apps. There’s also free live stream online feeds available of different cameras from around the court at the TNT Overtime website. For live audio commentary, Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscribers can listen on channel 207 for Cleveland and Internet channel 884 for Chicago coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.