Superstar's Miami return takes center stage
Dwayne Wade makes his first trip back to American Airlines Arena as a member of the Bulls tonight. Will Miami be able to subdue the man who provided the city with 13 seasons of glorious memories?
Chicago’s recent struggles suggest a prime opportunity for Erik Spoelstra’s troops. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the Heat odds of -122 to prevail. The visiting squad, on the other hand, represents a +102 underdog.
Drafted fifth overall in 2003, Wade picked up three titles in South Beach. The 12-time All-Star left town over the summer, though, inking a two-year deal to join his hometown squad. Wade’s been rock-solid in the Windy City, too, averaging 17.9 points in 28.9 minutes per game.
Unfortunately, the rest of his crew appears to have hit a stumbling block. The Bulls have dropped four of their past five. Fred Hoiberg’s gang is also allowing opponents to shoot 46.7 percent from the floor.
There’s clearly no way for Chicago to keep Hassan Whiteside under wraps. Yet the Heat’s inconsistent backcourt tandem of Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson pales in comparison to the Wade-Rajon Rondo duo at present. With an ultra-motivated No. 3, it’s hard not to imagine the Bulls winning outright.
THURSDAY NBA FREE PICK: BULLS +1.5