Report: Cavs will face Bulls on MLK Day
With LeBron James gone to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers have missed out on the top national television games for the 2018-19 season. The Cavs won’t be playing on opening night or Christmas Day, and they won’t have a national television game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
However, Cleveland will be in action on MLK Day. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Cavs will host the division rival Chicago Bulls.
The Cavs and Bulls have built up a rivalry over the years, with LeBron becoming an annual nemesis of Chicago. That rivalry won’t be as intense now that LeBron is gone and the Bulls are rebuilding, but there will still be plenty of intriguing talent on display.
The Cavs obviously still have Kevin Love to lead the way, and he’ll go up against the Bulls’ prized young power forward, Lauri Markkanen. This matchup will also feature two players drafted back-t0-back in the 2018 NBA Draft in Wendell Carter Jr. (No. 7) and Collin Sexton (No. 8).
The Cavs and Bulls may be trending in different directions, but both teams could find themselves in a similar position this season. The Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks are now the clear favorites in the Central Division, with the Pistons, Cavs and Bulls chasing them.