Heat set to tip off against the Bulls
The Miami Heat have managed to win six of their last seven games against the Chicago Bulls with those Eastern Conference clubs meeting in NBA betting action at the books on Sunday.
The Heat and Bulls last met on February 23, with Miami cruising to a 93-79 victory and covering the 7.5-point spread at home on the NBA odds. Overall the Heat are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against the Bulls since last year.
The Heat will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 29-29-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulls are 32-30 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Miami is 34-25 on the totals; Chicago is 25-37.
The Bulls - Heat odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 5 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Heat sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 95-91 win for the Heat.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 111-87 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 198 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Miami was run off the court by the Spurs on Thursday as San Antonio blasted them 111-87 at AT&T Center.
Chicago lost its last outing, an 85-77 result against the Grizzlies on March 7. The Bulls failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 162 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Taj Gibson scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Bulls to victory (they lost 85-77 to Memphis at United Center on Friday).
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 30-ranked offense (93.05 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.64 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 43.08% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (50.94% on average).
A few Heat at Bulls trends to consider:
Miami is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Miami is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Miami is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Chicago is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
Chicago is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Miami home to Washington, Monday, March 10th
Chicago home to San Antonio, Tuesday, March 11th