The Miami Heat (8-5) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (5-9) on Monday, November 20th. This game will be played at United Center in United Center and televised on NBCS. The Bulls are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Heat are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Heat. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Heat vs Bulls
The Heat Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Heat were defeated by the Bulls in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 102-97. Going into the second half the Heat held the lead at 50-40.
Today, the Heat are entering the action with an overall record of 8-5 and have achieved a 2-1 record over their last three games. The Heat have a 4-4 record on the road this season, compared to their 4-1 record when playing at home.
So far, Miami’s ATS record is below .500 at 5-7. On the road, the Heat have an ATS record of 4-3, as opposed to a 1-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win
The Bulls picked up a win over the Heat in their latest game, finishing with a score of 102-97. The Bulls managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 50-40.
The Bulls have a below .500 record of 5-9 as they seek to come out on top vs. the Heat. This season, when playing on the road, the Bulls have a 1-4 record, while their record at home is 4-5.
So far, Chicago is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 6-8. During this season, Chicago has a 2-6 record against the spread as favorites and 4-2 as underdogs.
Heat Offense Breakdown
In 13 games games, Miami has an average of 109.6 points per game (25th). So far, the Heat are averaging 97.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Heat offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 20th in effective field goal percentage.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
This season, the Chicago offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 107.2 points per game. So far, the Bulls are averaging 96.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Bulls offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 29th in effective field goal percentage.
Heat Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Heat defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 30.8% of their games. Currently, they are 7th in the NBA at 109.6 points per game allowed.
Most recently, the Heat’s defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 102 points to the Bulls.
Bulls Team Defense
At present, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 8th, allowing 110.5 points per game.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Bulls are forcing 11.7 per game, which is 1st in the league. They also come into the game sitting 20th in blocked shots at 4.6 per game.
Key Players For The Heat And Bulls
For today’s matchup, we project Bam Adebayo to lead the scoring for the Heat, putting up 16 points and shooting at a rate of 6/10. For the season, he has been averaging 22.8 points per game, in addition to 10.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place DeMar DeRozan as the leading scorer for the Bulls. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 3 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 44.3%, and he is contributing 21.5 points per game on average.
Heat vs Bulls Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Miami has an ATS record of just 6-3-1. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 106 points per game.
- Across the Bulls last three home games, the team averaged 105 points per game while allowing 118. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Bulls have a straight up record of 4-6 and an ATS mark of 6-4.
- As the betting favorite, the Heat have an ATS mark of just 3-6-1 in their last ten games. Miami posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
We’re putting our money on the Heat to win, and have the projected score sitting at 113-109. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Heat at -1.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 210 and our model has the Heat and Bulls finishing with a combined 222 points. Our pick is to take the over.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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