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Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Prediction & Betting Tips 12/16/2023

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Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls 12/16/2023:
  • Take the Heat on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Bulls (+4.5)
  • Projecting a combined 224 points, we like the over

Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Preview

Betting on today’s Bulls and Heat game? Catch the action at Kaseya Center in Miami, FL, as the Heat hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on NBCS.

The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 217.5 points, with the Heat being the favored team playing at home against the Bulls. Check out BetCoco for Miami Heat – Chicago Bulls odds

Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Head-to-Head and Key Stats

The last five times, the Bulls have faced off against the Heat on the road, they are above .500 at 3-2. Looking back over the previous three times that the Bulls and Heat have faced off, they have combined to average 218 points per game and have an over/under record of 2-1.

  • When looking at their past five road matchups, Chicago has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
  • Across their ten previous home games, Miami has an ATS mark of 6-3-1. Their straight up record in these matchups was 7-3 while averaging 111 points per game.
  • Chicago has done well both straight up and vs the spread as the underdog, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Heat have gone 5-4-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 7-3.

Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Prediction

Coming into their matchup against the Heat, the Bulls have an overall record of 10-16 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In road games, the Bulls are 3-9 this season, while going 7-7 at home.

Chicago comes in with an overall ATS record of 12-14 so far this season. The Bulls currently have a two game ATS win streak as the favorite and are 8-8 vs. the spread as underdogs.

For this season, the Bulls has an over/under record of 15-10-1. Their games have currently averaged 228.0 points per game and the average over/under line so far is 220.2.

In their recent matchup, the Bulls offense ended with 124 points against the Heat. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.4% and made 14 threes. Chicago’s offense is currently one of the slower paced teams in the NBA, at 96.3 possessions per game. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 17th in attempts and 16th in three-point shooting percentage.

At present, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 12th, allowing 113.5 points per game.

Opponents are hitting 55.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.7% of their three-point attempts.

Heading into their matchup with the Bulls, the Heat have an overall record of 14-11 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In Eastern Conference play, the Heat are 11-10 and are 3-1 in non-conference games.

Miami’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 11-13 for the season. This season, Miami has a 6-8 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 5-5 as underdogs.

The Heat have had over half of their games remain below the over/under lines, with their over/under record sitting at 12-13-0. The average points per game in their played games is 205.0, with an average over/under line of 220.7.

The Heat’s offense wrapped up their last game with 116 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 112.8 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Jimmy Butler, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 21.5, while Bam Adebayo also carries a PPG average of 22.2 into the game.

In the current season, the Heat defense has excelled, sitting 9th in the NBA by allowing 111.8 points per game.

When it comes to forced turnovers, the Heat are forcing 12.4 per game, which is 7th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 29th in blocked shots at 3.2 per game.

Coming in as 4.5 point favorites, our projections have the Heat picking up a 113-111 win.

Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Betting Tips

  • Take the Heat on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Bulls (+4.5)
  • Projecting a combined 224 points, we like the over

Miami Heat Injury Report

  • Bam Adebayo – Hip – Out
  • Tyler Herro – Ankle – Out
  • Dru Smith – Knee – Out

Chicago Bulls Injury Report

  • Zach LaVine – Foot – Out
  • Alex Caruso – Ankle – Questionable
  • Lonzo Ball – Knee – Out

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