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2021 NBA Handicapping
(25-34) Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat (31-29)
Date: Saturday, April 24th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 210
On Saturday, April 24th, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat play for the second time this season. The initial match played on March 12th was won by the Heat (101-90).
The teams will play again on Monday to finish their season series.
The Bulls hold the all-time record between the clubs with 59 wins in 116 meetings. Last season, the teams played twice with Miami winning both contests.
Although the Bulls have won three of their last four games they’ve also lost seven of the last ten. The irony is Zach LaVine has missed the last five games and hasn’t played since April 16th dealing with health and safety protocols.
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While he’s been out the Bulls have won those three matches. Which begs the question why doesn’t the team perform as cohesively with LaVine?
One thought is it’s the typical superstar syndrome teams can fall into, especially young squads who get caught up watching the star or waiting for him to make the play.
This is the first of a three-game mini road trip for Chicago with consecutive games in Miami and one in New York facing the suddenly hot Knicks.
Each of those teams is invested in winning to help their seeding. The Heat have fallen to seventh and are desirous of avoiding the play-in tournament. Conversely, the Bulls are trying to amass enough wins to be land one of the play-in tournament berths.
In the recent victory versus the Hornets, Nikola Vucevic delivered a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds plus six assists. Coby White and Thaddeus Young also scored 18 points.
Patrick Williams (heel) is probable while Troy Brown Jr. (ankle) LaVine (protocols) are out.
The Heat have struggled to maintain consistency this season. The yo-yo effect is in full motion with Miami. They’d followed up a three-game losing streak with a three-game winning streak.
It seemed after Jimmy Butler called out his team for their defensive effort things had shifted with three wins in a row. But the loss to the Hawks on Friday was troubling given both Trae Young and Clint Capela were out. Moreover, a 14 point fourth quarter punctuated the Heat’s struggles to create offense.
Last season part of the reason the Heat excelled was their reserve depth but the injury-riddled Hawks bench outscored the Heat 51 to 21.
All five Heat starters reached double-figures with Kendrick Nunn leading the way (21 points). Jimmy Butler (19), Bam Adebayo (16), Trevor Ariza (13), Duncan Robinson (13), and Tyler Herro (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
Gabe Vincent was listed as probable for Friday but didn’t play putting his presence on Saturday in question. Victor Oladipo missed his eighth game with an ailing knee.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Heat are 8-2 in the teams’ last 10 meetings.
- The Bulls are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The teams are 4-6 in the over/under in their last 10 meetings.
- The Bulls are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
- The total has gone under in 9 of Chicago’s last 13 games against an Eastern opponent.
- The total has gone under in 13 of Miami’s last 20 games against Chicago.
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Another key match where the teams both covet victory and will play with desperation and playoff intensity. Although Adebayo will have his hands full limiting Vucevic, I’d expect a Butler speech to precede this match resulting in a Heat victory.
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