Bulls visit Heat in hoops battle
Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Odds
AmericanAirlines Arena features an NBA battle between the host Miami Heat and the visiting Chicago Bulls in betting action on Sunday.
This season the Heat are 63-16 overall and 43-36 ATS against the number, while the Bulls are 43-36 and 35-44 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Miami is 41-38 on the OU, and Chicago is 35-44.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Heat rated this week at No. 5 and the Bulls sitting at No. 12. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 104-96 result in favor of the Heat today.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 5-ranked offense (102.9 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 92.8 PPG. The Heat have averaged 49.5% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (43.6% on average).
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.9 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 97-88 loser as they battled the Raptors on the road. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Bulls got 19 points from Carlos Boozer, but it was Toronto that prevailed in a 97-88 final on Friday at Air Canada Centre.
In their last action, Miami was a 109-101 winner at home against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Miami earned a 109-101 victory over Boston on Friday, getting 20 points from LeBron James at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 10-0
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 9-1
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
A few Bulls at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 20-1 SU in its last 21 games at home
Miami is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Chicago at Orlando, Monday, April 15
Miami at Cleveland, Monday, April 15