Heat vs. Bulls Game 3 Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Heat are 8-point favorites over the Bulls, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 186.5. This series is currently tied at one game apiece.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Bulls opened as 6.5-point underdogs but the spread has been bet up to 8 points at most online and Vegas sports books. As for the total, it opened at 188 and has been bet down to 187.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 68% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Heat. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Miami. According to latest NBA trends, Miami is 20-6 ATS last 26 road games, 11-3 ATS last 14 vs. Eastern Conference, 7-3 ATS last 10 following an ATS win and 4-1 ATS last 5 playing on 1 days rest. Chicago is 2-6 ATS last 8 home games and 1 6 ATS last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Bulls are trying to go up 2-1 in this series but they awoke a sleeping giant when they beat Miami in Game 1. The Heat, who were obviously rusty after a long layoff in between series, dominated Chicago, winning by 37 at home. Chicago is tough at home but they are running out of healthy bodies with Luol Deng coming off an illness that cost him 15 pounds. Kirk Hinrich (calf) is out and Derrick Rose (knee) may never return. That puts a lot of pressure on a backcourt of Marco Belinelli, Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler that is experiencing fatigue after playing more minutes than they are used to playing. Miami got some great production from Norris Cole (18 points) and Ray Allen (21) who shot a combined 12-of-16 from the floor. The Miami defense is the key and when they want to shut you down, they will. The Heat win and cover this game maybe not by 37 but by double digits.
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