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NBA Playoffs Betting – Sunday Picks – Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls

Before nba betting fans turn their attention to more basketball betting events this week, we have some more good NBA Playoff gambling matchups to pick on tap, and our man Lawrence weighs in with his picks for game 1 of the Heat vs. Bulls . It’s time for our weekly Playoff hoops picks for NBA gambling action.

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HEAT vs. BULLS
Time: Sunday 8:30 p.m. EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami
Spread: Heat -4.5
Over/Under: 179.5

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As if the Chicago Bulls don’t have enough problems after losing home-court advantage against Miami, they now have to deal with another issue – the return to the lineup of Heat forward Udonis Haslem. Haslem missed the final 69 games of the regular season with an injured foot and had seen limited playoff time until Game 2, when he was sugar in the Bulls’ offensive gas tank – defending, blocking shots, deflecting passes, disrupting passing lanes.

Haslem finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds in Miami’s game 2 victory – and don’t forget that on a team with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, it’s hard for teammates to fill up the stat sheet.

Dealing with another solid rotation player is complicated enough for the Bulls. But Chicago is still trying to find smelling salts to wake up Carlos Boozer, whose continued ineffectiveness forces Derrick Rose to bear an even bigger burden of the scoring load. Rose is doing his part (although he struggled a bit in Game 2), but the Bulls never seem to know what they’re going to get from Boozer.

After shooting .510 from the field in the regular season, Boozer’s shooting percentage in the playoffs has fallen to .439. Chicago got nearly 18 points a game from him before the playoffs started, and only 11.6 since. He was 3 from 10 (7 points) in Game 2.

With home-court edge down the toilet, the Bulls now have to stiffen their spines and win a game in Miami. Easier said than done against a Miami defense that has started to figure things out and seems to be able to push a button and go into lockdown mode late in the fourth period.

They put Boston to sleep with a 16-0 late-fourth-quarter run in the Game 5 clincher of that series, and held the Bulls to 10 points total in the final period of Game 2.

NBA Trends:

CHI are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games.
Over is 6-2 in MIA last 8 overall.
Over is 6-2 in MIA last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
Under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

BEST BET: Is Rose wearing down? It’s only one game, but the MVP was squeezed into a 7-for-23 shooting night (no 3-pointers) in Game 2, and the Bulls were a minus-12 when he was on the court.

Miami’s defense looks to be peaking. Heat -4.5 is the play.

Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling expert from Massachusetts.

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  1. Vincent Rogers says:

    To all of you hot shot sports analyst listen up and take notes. *Miami in five games. They just broke the Bulls back with the win in Chicago. Never mind the officials and the bad calls/(slash) no calls. You heard it “hear” 2011 NBA Basketball Champions, Miami Heat. James gets first ring, Wade gets second and second NBA Finals MVP..so much for Rose MVP???? (Durant!)

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