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NBA Betting: Bulls vs. Heat

The visiting Heat should expect to confront an angry host when they travel to Chicago Thursday to face a Bulls team fresh off an embarrassing loss to Toronto.

The Bulls currently sports a record of 38-17, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 33-21-1 ATS. The Heat are 42-15 and 28-28-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 23-32 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 31-25-1 against the number.

View Miami vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bulls are listed as 1-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, with the total listed at 192. Smart money at sportsbooks such as Bovada will see plenty of Chicago action today.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls - Heat odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 4 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Heat sit at No. 1. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 105-103 win for the Heat.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 3-rated squad against Miami's No. 7-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 18 in the league with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 6.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.9 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 117-97 winner as they battled the Kings at home. The Heat covered in the match as a 13-point favorite, while 214 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Miami cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Sacramento out of the gym and running up a 117-97 score at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Bulls were a 118-113 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (231) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bulls got a terrific 32-point performance from Derrick Rose but Toronto handed them a 118-113 defeat on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Sacramento are 2-8
After a win are 9-1

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Heat at Bulls trends to consider:
Miami is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami's last 13 games on the road
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Miami
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Miami

Next up:
Miami home to Washington, Friday, February 25
Chicago at Milwaukee, Saturday, February 26