Heat have Thursday date with Bulls
The Miami Heat will be looking to continue their dominance of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday as those Eastern clubs hit the hardwood together in NBA odds action.
Miami is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its past five games against Chicago, and 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 matchups. Miami topped Chicago 107-95 as a 5-point home favorite in their last meeting on October 29.
The Bulls sport a record of 7-9 and 6-10 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Heat sit at 14-4 and 9-9 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-9 for the Bulls and 10-8 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Heat listed as -4.5-point favorites earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 189 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
The Bulls - Heat odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 16 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Heat sit at No. 10. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-90 win for the Heat.
Miami was a 107-97 loser in its last match at home against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 204 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Miami got 23 points from LeBron James but lost anyway 107-97 against the Pistons on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
In their last action, Chicago was a 131-128 loser at home against the Pelicans. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (259) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Luol Deng was dynamite, scoring 37 points and adding 8 rebounds but New Orleans still won, 131-128, over Chicago on Monday at United Center.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 35.67 per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 3 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Chicago is the NBA’s No. 28-ranked team at 5.12 per game, while the Heat rate No. 8 with 8.67 per contest.
Miami at Minnesota, Saturday, December 7th
Chicago home to Detroit, Saturday, December 7th