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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-18) Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls (16-19)
Date: Friday, March 12th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat -140 | Bulls +110
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 221
Friday, March 12th the Chicago Bulls will play host to the Miami Heat as the teams meet for the first time this season. Both clubs returned from the break and begin their second half of the season playing a back-to-back set with this match the second game for both.
Last season, the squads played twice with the Heat taking both games and hold a current five-game win streak versus the Bulls. The Bulls hold the all-time record having won 59 matches of the 115 played
Since Jimmy Butler returned on January 30th the Heat amassed a 13-6 record and are 12-5 in the games he appeared.
Butler’s presence has a palpable effect and while Bam Adebayo led the squad when they were shorthanded his efforts are inconsistent on the offensive end.
Virtually every loss the Heat suffer, particularly without Butler, Adebayo is limited in points but a dive into the details offers evidence he also isn’t taking many shots in those situations.
He’ll need to be more aggressive on a consistent basis if the Heat wants to climb up the ladder to finish the schedule. But to start the second half Adebayo was out dealing with left knee tendinitis and is questionable for Friday.
Butler brought his typical leadership effort producing a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists plus added eight rebounds, three steals, and a block.
Five players reached double-figure scores including Kelly Olynyk (20), Tyler Herro (17), Kendrick Nunn (13), and Goran Dragic (11).
Avery Bradley has missed the last 16 games with a calf strain and 26 of the last 29 matches.
Meyers Leonard had season-ending shoulder surgery but is now banned by the Heat indefinitely for making anti-semantic slurs online while playing a video game.
The Bulls returned from the break winners of six out of their last nine contests. They’ve excelled at beating sub .500 clubs and struggled versus teams above .500 having won only five times of those 15 matches.
The Bulls had a golden opportunity facing the 76ers who were playing without Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons due to contact tracing. But Philly dominated the Bulls winning easily.
Lauri Markkanen was back in the rotation for the Bulls and led the way with 23 points while Zach LaVine posted 19 points, four rebounds, and seven assists.
Coby White (18) and Thaddeus Young (14) were the only other Bulls to register double-digit scores.
Otto Porter Jr. was back on the court after missing 15 games due to an ailing back but didn’t do much to affect the game collecting three points on 1 of 6 shooting as well as three rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Devon Dotson (knee) missed his second game and was the only player listed on the Bulls injury report as day-to-day.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Heat are 8-2 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Bulls are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
The 2.5 spread seems like a low advantage for the Heat who has been on a roll. The Bulls will need to be much more aggressive on defense or get bullied by Miami who has no problem getting physical.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls ATS
Chicago is 5-12 versus currently seeded playoff clubs and even if Adebayo can’t go again with Jimmy Buckets leading the charge the Heat will be invested in continuing their run.
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