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Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Prediction And Betting Odds

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For the 2nd consecutive season we have the Chicago Bulls battling the Miami Heat in the play-in tournament. And just like last year, the two teams will decide who gets the 8th seed and a chance to play the Boston Celtics in the 1st Round of the playoffs. Chicago took care of Atlanta fairly easily in their 9 vs 10 match-up, behind a huge night from Coby White who had 42 points. Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan added 24 and 22 points respectively, the Bulls looked really good in that game. Whether or not that was due to Atlanta’s poor defense, we’ll find out on Friday. Even though the oddsmakers have the Bulls as 2.5 point underdogs, I am not of that opinion. Especially after Jimmy Butler’s knee injury which we don’t know the extent of just yet.

The two teams split the 4 regular season meetings, with Miami winning the most recent one back in mid-December. The Heat bottled their game against the 76ers, allowing Philadelphia to come back from 14 points down and win 105-104. Losing to Philly was a big blow, but an even bigger one would be if Butler’s knee injury turns out to be a serious one. The veteran swingman has missed 22 games this season due to various knocks and even though Miami is 13-9 SU in those games, they are nowhere near close to being the same team without their leader and best player. Playing at home also hasn’t been the most pleasant experience this year for the Heat as they finished the regular season just 22-19 SU at the Kia Center.

Chicago Bulls Point Spread Prediction

Bulls +2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

All the pressure is on Miami here, not a lot of people are expecting the Bulls to go into South Beach and pull out the win. I am though, Chicago has showed a lot of character in the past couple of weeks, I think it’s time they got revenge for that loss last year which ended their season. Bulls to cover.

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Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Total Points Prediction: Over 209.5

Over 209.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Miami’s play-in game vs Philadelphia cashed on the over with literally the last basket made in the game as Tyler Herro knocked down a three. Once again we have a relatively low projected total of just 209.5 points, even though just 1 of the 4 meetings during the regular season went under that number. The oddsmakers are counting on both teams playing defense to win this game, but if Butler is out of the equation I am not sure who will contain the likes of DeRozan or White on offense. Chicago’s last 5 regular season games and their play-in game vs Atlanta all saw at least 210 points scored, this team hasn’t exactly excelled on the defensive end lately. Opponents are averaging 116.3 points per 100 possessions against them in their last 10 games, causing them to go 5-5 SU during that stretch. It won’t the fastest game you’ll ever watch, but I’m still expecting the two teams to execute offensively. The 3 most recent meetings have averaged 230.6 points per game, I’m taking the over in this one.

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