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Bulls small chalk vs Heat

United Center features an NBA battle between the Chicago Bulls, boasting the league's second-best defense, and the visiting Miami Heat, boasting the leaue's second-best offense Wednesday.

The teams battled last month in Miami with the Bulls covering the 4.5-point road spread in the loss. This time, the scores prediction engine projects an even closer score and another cover for the road team.

The Bulls currently sports a record of 35-9, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 25-18-1 ATS. The Heat are 31-10 and 20-21 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 25-19 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 18-21-2 against the number.

View Miami vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Bulls sat as 2.5-point favorites. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 192 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Bulls and the No. 4-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 105-104 result in favor of the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 1-rated squad against Miami's No. 13-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 18 in the league with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 19 with 6 per outing.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.9 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Miami was a 104-98 loser on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Heat wasted a 28-point performance from Dwyane Wade as Orlando ran past them 104-98 on Tuesday at Amway Center.

In their last action, Chicago was a 104-99 winner at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (203) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Knicks were burned for 32 points by Derrick Rose on Monday as the Bulls picked up a 104-99 win at United Center.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Orlando are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing New York are 8-2
After a win are 8-2


A few Heat at Bulls trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Miami is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 10 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Miami at Philadelphia, Friday, March 16
Chicago home to Portland, Friday, March 16