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On Saturday night, two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams will meet off. The Miami Heat take on the Chicago Bulls in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN. It’s time to resume our NBA odds series with a Bulls-Heat selection based on Bulls Heat odds.
The Chicago Bulls are 17-9, enough for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Heat, who are 15-11 and fourth in the East, aren’t far behind. This is a high-level battle between two really talented squads. DeMar DeRozan, who leads the NBA in scoring with 26.4 points per game, has been on a rampage this season. The Bulls have a lot of quality players, and it seems that DeRozan’s skills and leadership are swiftly paying off for them. However, he won’t be available on Saturday night, so the Bulls will have to win without him and a few other players due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
The Heat won the last meeting between these two clubs a few weeks earlier. They are coming off a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks and are putting themselves in terrific shape to contend this season. After having surgery on his thumb, they were without star Bam Adebayo for 4-6 weeks. Due to a tailbone injury, Miami might be without Jimmy Butler again on Saturday night. If he is unable to play, the Heat will be forced to depend on Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry.
Here’s how FanDuel established the Saturday night odds.
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls vs. Heat
-1 for the Chicago Bulls (-108)
+1 for the Miami Heat (-112)
Total: 209.5 (-110)
Below: 209.5 (-110)
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Why The Bulls Might Be able to Cover The Spread
The Bulls are coming off a 115-92 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are shockingly excellent. Due to the absence of certain key role players due to Covid-19, the club will have to depend on the starters for the bulk of the game. Because the Heat are also without several key players, they can still cover this spread. Due to the absence of probably the three finest players on the floor, this clash will not be as exciting. Because the Heat don’t have a strong matchup for Nikola Vucevic, he’ll have to step up and play well. Because Zach Lavine is so excellent in transition, the defense’s first objective will be to force turnovers. Because of how effectively they play on both sides of the floor, Chicago is 17-9 against the spread this season.
Why Is It Possible That The Heat Will Cover The Spread?
The Heat will need everyone to step up without some of their finest players. Lowry will have to keep the offense under control and lead the club in assists. Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson have been shooting great recently, which will help them cover the spread. Herro is averaging 20.8 points per game off the bench this season, shooting 44 percent from the floor. Miami has lost six of its previous ten games, allowing an average of 108 points per game. If Vucevic is on his game, stopping him without Adebayo will be difficult. The Heat will have a strong chance of covering if they can keep him contained. This season, they are 15-11 against the spread.
Bulls-Heat Final Prediction & Pick
This is a difficult decision. The Heat have lost three of their past five games, while the Bulls have won four of their last five. As a result, except from their recent game, I believe the Bulls are playing a bit better right now. It’s just a one-point spread, so anything might happen. Given the lack of star power, I believe the under at 209.5 is also a plausible conclusion. However, during the previous ten games, both defenses have allowed more than 107 points per game. As a result, I’m picking the over in this game as well.
Bulls -1 (-108) and Over: 209.5 are the final Bulls-Heat predictions and picks (-110)
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