Heat look for 3-1 lead against the Bulls
LeBron James and the Miami Heat can grab a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven second-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night as those two teams battle in Game 4.
Miami rolled to a 104-94 road win over Chicago as an 8.5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines in Game 3 of the set on Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead. James had 25 points for the Heat, with Chris Bosh adding 20 points and 19 rebounds.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bulls currently sports a record of 45-37, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 36-46 ATS. The Heat are 66-16 and 46-36 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 37-45 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 43-39 against the number.
Bettors looking to side with the Bulls in this one found them as 7.5-point underdogs earlier at , while the total had been sitting in the area of 187 at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls sit at No. 13 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Heat are at No. 6 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Heat will win this game 104-96.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 38.6 per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Chicago is the NBA’s No. 29-ranked team at 5.4 per game, while the Heat rate No. 3 with 8.7 per contest.
Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.4 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.
The Heat were a 104-94 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors. Miami got 25 points from LeBron James en route to a 104-94 victory over Chicago on Friday at United Center.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 9-1
After a win are 9-1
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Miami are 8-2
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few Heat at Bulls trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Miami is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Miami is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Miami
Chicago is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Miami home to Chicago, Wednesday, May 15
Chicago at Miami, Wednesday, May 15