#CavsBulls Game Preview - December 21, 2017

Quicken Loans Arena 7:00 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

After a two-game road trip, the Cavaliers (23-9) are back home Thursday night for one last time in 2017 as they take on the Chicago Bulls (9-20) from The Q at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

On Thursday, Cleveland returns to The Q where they have won each of their last 11 games (since Nov. 7), their longest home win streak in a single season since the 2014-15 season (18 straight, 1/19/15-4/5/15).

Over their 11-game home streak, the Cavs are averaging 113.1 points, 25.8 assists and 12.9 three-pointers. The Wine & Gold are also shooting .504 from the field and .412 from three-point range. The Cavaliers have scored at least 100 points in 25 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA (Houston is 2nd w/22 in a row).

Within the Eastern Conference, the Cavs hold the best record since November 11 as well as the second-best mark in the NBA at 18-2 (.900).

The Wine & Gold will aim to get back into the winning column on Thursday night against the Bulls after they fell to the Bucks, 119-116, on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Despite the loss, the Cavaliers once again showed off their scoring abilities, including their skill from behind the three-point line. After knocking down 16 triples at Milwaukee on Tuesday, the Cavs have now made at least 10 three-pointers in a franchise-record 21 straight contests. Only Houston (25 straight from 10/25/2017-12/16/2017 and 27 straight from 10/28/2016-12/17/2016) and Boston (26 straight from 1/21/2017-3/15/2017) has longer streaks of 10 or more threes in NBA history.

As Cleveland looks to bounce back on Thursday, their opponent, the Chicago Bulls, will be looking for an upset against their division rivals.

With a 9-20 record, the Bulls have struggled early on this season; however, Chicago has recently turned things around after going on a six-game win streak, dating back to December 8.

In the Bulls most recent win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago saw seven individuals notch double-digit points, including three 20+ point performances. Kris Dunn and Nikola Mirotic both led their club with 22 points apiece. Mirotic recorded a double-double by adding 13 rebounds.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note: On Thursday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Blue Jackets – Penguins (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Bulls game (7:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#81 - Jose Calderon

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#32 - Kris Dunn

#7 - Justin Holiday

#45 - Denzel Valentine

#24 - Lauri Markkanen

#42 - Robin Lopez

Status Update: (Cavs) - Isaiah Thomas, (Right hip, Out), Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain, Out), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee arthroscopic surgery, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Left calf strain, TBD)

Status Update: (Bulls) - Zach LaVine, (Back Spasms, Out), Cameron Payne, (Foot, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland and Chicago will be tipping off on Thursday night for the third time this season in a Central Division showdown from The Land.

The Cavs are 2-0 against the Bulls this season, winning 119-112 at The Q on Oct. 24 and 113-91 at the United Center on Dec. 4. In the two matchups, the Cavs have outscored the Bulls by an average of 14.5 points (116.0-101.5), while also outshooting them from the field (.518-.447) and averaging 25.0 assists (8.5 turnovers).

Kevin Love has posted 20-10 games in both meetings against Chicago this season, averaging 22.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in 26.0 minutes. LBJ on the other hand is averaging 28.5 points on .629 (22-35) shooting from the field, including .600 (6-10) from three-point range, 9.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in both games against Chicago this season.

The final meeting between the Central Division foes will take place on March 17 at the United Center.


Game Promotions

#BlackOutTheQ: The Cavaliers #BlackOutTheQ event encourages everyone at The Q to come dressed to impress ... wearing BLACK in support of the Cavaliers brand new BLACK CAVALIERS STATEMENT UNIFORMS.


On Deck

Following Thursday's matchup with the Bulls, the Cavs will round out 2017 with a three-game road trip, highlighted by their Christmas Day matchup in Oakland as they take on the Golden State Warriors at 3:00 p.m. (ET). The Wine & Gold will then travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings on December 27 followed by a contest with the Utah Jazz on December 30. The Cavaliers will return to The Land on January 2 to battle the Portland Trailblazers at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

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LeBron James Mic'd Up vs. Chicago

Listen in as Cavaliers forward LeBron James is mic'd up for sound (courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio) against the Chicago Bulls at The Q on Thursday, December 21.

Cavs vs. Bulls - December 21, 2017

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LeBron James Mic'd Up vs. Chicago

Listen in as Cavaliers forward LeBron James is mic'd up for sound (courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio) against the Chicago Bulls at The Q on Thursday, December 21.
Dec 21, 2017  |  03:12

Cavs.com Wrap Up from The Q

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to recap the Wine & Gold's victory against the Bulls on Thursday.
Dec 21, 2017  |  05:39

#CavsBulls Postgame: Kevin Love - December 21, 2017

Cavaliers center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Thursday's 115-112 victory against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 21, 2017  |  03:20

#CavsBulls Postgame: Coach Drew - December 21, 2017

Cavaliers Associate Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Thursday's 115-112 victory against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 21, 2017  |  05:02

#CavsBulls Postgame: LeBron James - December 21, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Thursday's 115-112 victory against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 21, 2017  |  01:43

#CavsBulls Postgame: Dwyane Wade - December 21, 2017

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Thursday's 115-112 victory against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 21, 2017  |  03:21

#CavsBulls On-Court Postgame: Dwyane Wade - December 21, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton following Thursday's 115-112 victory against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 21, 2017  |  01:56

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 115, Bulls 112

LeBron James scores 34 points and dishes out nine assists as the Cavaliers snap the Bulls win streak with a 115-112 win.
Dec 21, 2017  |  02:05

LeBron James Scores 34 In Win vs. Bulls

LeBron James records 34 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Cavaliers to a win.
Dec 21, 2017  |  02:01

Kevin Love Scores 27 In Win vs. Bulls

Kevin Love scores 27 points on 9-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds in the Cavaliers win.
Dec 21, 2017  |  02:03

Wade Dimes Tristan for the Slam

Dwyane Wade finds a cutting Tristan Thompson who throws the hammer down.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:11

Green Hits the Step-Back at the Buzzer

Jeff Green nets the fadeaway jumper to close out the third quarter.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:27

LBJ with the Floater

LeBron James gets penetrates into the paint and drops in the floater to give the Wine & Gold the lead.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:18

KLove with the Hoop and the Harm

Kevin Love goes to work in the post, powering home the bucket, plus the foul.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:21

LBJ with the Steal and Slam

In this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight, LeBron James gets the steal and takes it down to the other end for the tomahawk finish.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:14

Highlight in freeD: Love Triple

Check out this unique angle of Kevin Love canning a triple through the lens of a freeD camera.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:13

DWade Fakes Out the Defense

Dwyane Wade gets Robin Lopez to bite on the pump fake pass leading to an easy bank shot.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:18

Featured Highlight: Jose Lobs LBJ

The Wine & Gold get out in transition as LeBron James and Jose Calderon work the give-and-go for the alley-oop finish.
Dec 21, 2017  |  00:11

#CavsBulls Shootaround: LeBron James - December 21, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Thursday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Dec 21, 2017  |  02:34