Heat vs. Bulls Prediction
Is Dwayne Wade going to lead his Chicago Bulls to a dominant win over the Miami Heat when they meet tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bulls are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -10.5 points against the Heat. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 199.5 points. Miami has won four of its last five meetings with Chicago, covering in all four wins. These two did meet on Nov. 10 with Chicago getting a 98-95 road win.
Chicago is coming off a nice 95-91 win over the Spurs at home back on Thursday night. The Bulls are now 12-10 on the season and 13-9 against the spread. However, Chicago has been struggling as of late. Prior to the win over the Spurs, Chicago lost and failed to cover in three straight. They have suffered home losses to the Blazers and Lakers over the last two weeks of action. Chicago is putting up 102.9 points per game on offense this season while the defense is giving up 99.9 points per game. Jimmy Butler is putting up 25.4 points per game this season to lead the Bulls while Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.9 points per game and set to face his former team in Miami.
Miami has dropped four straight coming into this game, including a 114-84 loss at Cleveland on Friday night. The Heat are just 7-16 on the season and 10-13 against the spread. Miami is 4-2 against the spread in its last six road games. The Heat are allowing 100.3 points per game on the season while scoring just 96.7 points per game on offense. The Heat come into tonight with some injuries. Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and James Johnson are all dealing with injuries and only Richardson could possibly suit up tonight. Miami will have to rely heavily on Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. Both are putting up 17 points per game while Whiteside is also pulling down 14.6 rebounds per game.
Miami is just too beat up to hang with a Chicago team that should be motivated to play for Wade at home tonight. Wade left the Heat feeling disrespected, so he is sure to want to make a statement against his former team. He should have a big game while the Bulls lock down the limited Miami offense and cruise to a win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS -10.5