NBA – Cavs to snap losing streak

Cleveland are in dire straits ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chicago but the Cavaliers can end a four-game losing streak against a similarly out-of-form Bulls at the United Center.

Cavs to clinch Chicago spoils (Nov 11, 01:00am)

Having reached the NBA Finals in the past four seasons, no one could have predicted Cleveland’s rapid fall from grace after LeBron James’ departure and they head into Sunday’s encounter bottom of the Western Conference, having won just once this season.

Cleveland lost 95-86 to Oklahoma City Thunder last time out to extend their losing run to four matches and, judging by recent performances, it may appear difficult to back last season’s runners-up to win.

However, the Bulls have also failed to fire this season, having won just three times, and they have suffered five defeats from six home matches – losing to the Pistons, Warriors, Nuggets, Pacers and Rockets.

The Cavs have also won their last four meetings with the Bulls and Larry Drew’s men can pick up the win that could kick-start what has been a dreadful campaign to date.

Portland to edge past Boston (Nov 12, 02:00am)

The Trail Blazers have a fantastic home record this season – winning six of their eight matches – and they are genuine contenders to win the Western Conference at 41.00, despite Golden State’s impressive start to their defence.

Portland have won their last three games at the Moda Center and they will be confident of picking up another victory against a Boston side that have struggled for consistency on the road.

The Celtics, who are 2.40 favourites to win the Eastern Conference, have a 4-3 away record and it will be difficult for Brad Stevens’ side to come away with a positive result this weekend.

Raptors to down inconsistent Pelicans (Nov 13, 00:30am)

Toronto (10.00 to win NBA Championship) defeated the Kings 114-105 last time out to extend their winning run to five and they return to the Scotiabank Arena for the first time since October 30.

The Raptors have won all six of their home matches this season and Kawhi Leonard’s performances have been particularly impressive, with the small forward amassing 208 points so far.

New Orleans have been woeful on the road, losing five of their six away matches, with their only win coming against the Rockets in October.

Expect more away-day misery for the Pelicans and the Raptors to strengthen their position at the top of the Eastern Conference, which they are 2.60 to win.