Bulls vs. Heat Prediction
Can the Miami Heat handle being a double-digit favorite at home tonight when they take on the Chicago Bulls at 7:30PM ET?
553 Chicago Bulls vs. 554 Miami Heat
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7:30PM ET – American Airlines Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Heat are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -10.5 points against the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 207.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 61 percent going on Miami. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bulls back on a skid
Chicago is on a four-game losing streak following a 122-117 loss at Brooklyn last night. The Bulls did manage to cover in last night’s loss. Chicago is 11-40 on the season, 6-19 on the road, 22-28-1 against the spread and 30-20-1 with the under.
The Bulls are struggling on offense, as they are scoring just 101.4 points per game while shooting only 44.4 percent from the field. Defensively, Chicago is giving up 111.2 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.4 percent. Zach LaVine is leading the team with 22.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while Lauri Markkanen is adding 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest.
Heat warming up
Miami is coming off a 106-97 win at New York on Sunday. The Heat have won two straight road games coming into tonight. Miami is now 24-24 on the season, 11-13 at home, 26-22 against the spread and 24-24 with the over/under total.
The Heat are one of the stronger defensive teams in the league, as they hold opponents to 105.5 points per game while limiting opponents to 44.2 percent shooting. Offensively, Miami averages just 105.7 points per game while shooting only 44.4 percent from the field. Both Dwyane Wade and Tyler Johnson are listed as questionable tonight with leg injuries. Josh Richardson is leading the team with 17.5 points per game while Hassan Whiteside is adding 12.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bulls are 3-7-1 against the spread in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 0-5 ATS in their last five Wednesday games.
The Heat are just 5-13 against the spread in their last 18 home games against a team with a losing road record, but 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a win.
Miami has won and covered in both meetings with the Bulls this season, with both games taking place in Chicago. I don’t love the spread here, but Chicago played last night in Brooklyn and the game was competitive, so the Bulls should have some weary legs. Miami could be without some important players, but the Heat have depth to work with. They also have Whiteside to control the pain, which should be helpful against a poor-shooting Chicago team.
NBA Prediction: Miami Heat -10.5