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NBA Playoff Betting: Heat vs. Bulls

After crushing the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals the Chicago Bulls look to keep the pressure on tonight when they clash in Game 2 in Chicago.

The Bulls slammed the Heat 103-82 as a 2-point home favorite in the series opener. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 28 points and six assists, while Chris Bosh had 30 points and nine rebounds for Miami.

View Miami vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Heat before tip-off in this one will find them as 1.5-point underdogs, while the total sits at 181.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Bulls and the No. 3-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 106-104 result in favor of the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 98.6 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 6 at 94.6 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 46.2% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.2 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Miami was a 103-82 loser on the road against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 2–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Miami was run off the court by the Bulls on Sunday as Chicago blasted them 103-82 at United Center.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Miami are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Heat at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games
Miami is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Miami's last 14 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Chicago is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Miami
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami home to Chicago, Sunday, May 22
Chicago at Miami, Sunday, May 22