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Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Odds
The Heat will be trying to slam the Bulls on Friday when the teams tip off at AmericanAirlines Arena in NBA betting action.
Supporters of the Bulls have seen them go 17-13 and 10-20 ATS so far this season, while the Heat are at 22-8 and 15-15 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Heat are 15-15, while the Bulls are 11-19.
For bettors going with the Heat in this one, they were listed earlier as 9-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 190 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Heat and the No. 10-ranked Bulls, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 102-97 result in favor of the Heat.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulls rank No. 14 in the league with 43 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 29 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 6-ranked team at 8.6 per game, while the Bulls rate No. 30 with 4.5 per contest.
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.2 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.
Chicago was a 96-94 winner in its last match on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 190 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Bulls got a 31-point performance from Carlos Boozer as Chicago handed Orlando a 96-94 defeat on Wednesday at Amway Center.
Miami was a 119-109 winner in its last match at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 228 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. LeBron James went off for 32 points and added 12 rebounds leading Miami to a 119-109 win over Dallas on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Orlando are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Dallas are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
A few Bulls at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Miami
Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chicago's last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games at home
Miami is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Chicago home to Cleveland, Monday, January 7
Miami home to Washington, Sunday, January 6