The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference, making their Saturday night matchup more important than most early-season NBA matchups. Both teams in this Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls matchup come into this contest relatively healthy, without more than one key piece missing before the tip off of the game. That means that the focus can remain on the players on the court, and all of the talent that both sides bring to the table.
Chicago enters this game with a record of 13-7, while the Heat have a 12-7 record coming into this Saturday night showdown. Both teams are within two games of the Brooklyn Nets for the top spot in the East, and will hope to draw just a little bit closer with a win here. But in order to get there, these teams will have to breach elite defenses, both of which have made a habit of locking down their opposition.
Miami Heat – Fourth Straight Road Game
The Miami Heat are taking part in their fourth straight road game on Saturday night, and will hope for better results than they’ve had at the beginning of their road trip. Miami has lost two of their last three games, dropping road contests against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards during this road trip. Their lone win away from home during this recent stretch came against the Detroit Pistons, who are among the worst teams in the NBA this year.
For the Heat, simply putting points on the board has been the problem during this stretch of games away from home. They have scored no more than 101 points in the last three games, failing to live up to their typical offensive standards. Against a Bulls team that is good at locking in on defense, the Heat will have to play one of their better games of the season if they want to even up their record on this trip.
Expected Line-Up: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
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Chicago Bulls – Going Back To Back
The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a road trip of their own entering this game, and are playing in the second night of a back to back on Saturday night. Chicago played two straight road games before this contest with the Heat, losing to the Rockets before beating the Magic on Friday night. Now, they are tasked with traveling back from Florida the night before this game with the Heat, while the Heat were able to stay in Chicago the night before.
Chicago has been up and down lately, winning three and losing three over their last six games. The Bulls have plenty of offensive weapons, led by DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine. But their game style isn’t always conducive to winning, as they rely a lot on mid-range shots. Against a team like Miami, that is proficient from the perimeter from multiple positions, the Bulls may need to extend their range a bit in this game.
Expected Line-Up: Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Javonte Green, Nikola Vucevic
Expert Pick #1 – Heat -1.5 @ -110
The first bet to make in this contest is to lay the 1.5 points with the Heat at -110 odds. While the Bulls would win this game at home on normal rest, their travel schedule coming into this contest is not going to help their cause here. Expect the Bulls to fault to sustain their level of play for the full 48 minutes, which will cost them dearly against a team with as much heart as the Heat.
Expert Pick #2 – Heat To Win In Regulation @ -115
Next, it is worth placing a bet on the Heat to win in regulation at -115 odds. This tip comes at a slightly better price than the regular moneyline, which comes in at -125. An overtime game isn’t likely here, even if both teams are expected to come out and compete, and it is worth saving the vig to take the Heat to win this one within the scheduled 48 minutes of play.
Expert Pick #3 – Under 212.5 @ -110
Finally, a small bet is warranted on the under 212.5 at -110 odds. Both of these teams play superb defense, and we should see a less than stellar offensive showing from a Bulls team that is dealing with some serious travel issues.
This is going to be one of the best games of the weekend in any sport, including the NBA. But the Miami Heat are in a better position to win this game, and should be able to take down the Bulls in their second consecutive night of competition. Back the Heat here, and you should cash a ticket.