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NBA Playoff Betting: Bulls vs. Heat

The Miami Heat have won eight in a row at home as they welcome the Chicago Bulls to American Airlines Arena tonight for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami won Game 2 in Chicago 85-75 as a 2.5-point underdog. LeBron James led the Heat with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Derrick Rose had 21 points and eight assists for Chicago.

View Chicago vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Heat in this one will find them as 6-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 179.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 3-rated Heat and the No. 1-rated Bulls in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 106-104 win for the Heat on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 102.1 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 91.3 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 48.1% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 46.2% per game.

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.7 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.

The Heat were an 85-75 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 2.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (160) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Heat got a 29-point performance from LeBron James, who added 10 rebounds as Miami ran past Chicago 85-75 on Wednesday at United Center.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a loss are 9-1

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Bulls at Heat trends to consider:
Chicago is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Chicago is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chicago's last 15 games when playing Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
Miami is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Miami, Tuesday, May 24
Miami home to Chicago, Tuesday, May 24