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NBA Odds: Bulls vs. Heat

Down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Final the Chicago Bulls need a win tonight when they travel to Miami to face the Heat in Game 4.

The Heat won Game 3 by a score of 96-85 as a 5-point home favorite. Chris Bosh led Miami with 34 points, while Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago.

View Chicago vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Bulls before tip-off in this one will find them as 5-point underdogs, while the total sits at 179.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 1-rated Bulls taking on the No. 3-rated Heat in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 106-104 win for the Heat on Tuesday.

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.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 2-rated mark, allowing 92.7 points per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in home scoring.

The Bulls were a 96-85 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (181) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bulls got a 26-point performance from Carlos Boozer, who added 17 rebounds, but Miami still ran past Chicago 96-85 on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Bulls at Heat trends to consider:
Chicago is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
Chicago is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chicago's last 16 games when playing Miami
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games at home
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Miami, Thursday, May 26
Miami at Chicago, Thursday, May 26