Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 20 (12/20): NBA

Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 20 (12/20): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Heat money line -250
Heat spread -5 (-110)
Bulls money line +170
Bulls spread +5 (-110)
Over / under 224

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Miami Heat Chicago Bulls
Record 16-15 11-18
Home / road record 9-6 4-11
Streak W1 W2
Points per game 108.00 112.78
Points allowed per game 108.22 113.00
Rebounds per game 41.89 42.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.89 43.56
Over / under record 15-15-1 13-16
 

Preview

The Chicago Bulls continue on the road and will visit the Miami Heat at the FTX Arena on Tuesday night. These teams already faced each earlier this season and Bulls won 116-108 as +7.5 points underdogs.

 

Miami Heat

The Heat get here with an 16-15 record and are 9-6 at home so far ranking 1st in the Southeast Division. Miami is 3-4 in games decided by at least 10 points after beating the San Antonio Spurs 111-101 in Mexico City.

Tyler Herro is averaging 21.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Heat. Max Strus is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami.

In the last 10 games, the Heat are 6-4, averaging 107.5 points, 40.9 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 8.9 steals and 2.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.1 points per game.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls get here with an 11-18 record and 4-11 on the road so far this season ranking 4th in the Central Division. The Bulls are 9-9 in conference games. Chicago is eighth in the Eastern Conference scoring 47.0 points per game in the paint led by DeMar DeRozan averaging 8.1.

Zach LaVine averages 2.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Bulls, scoring 21.8 points while shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc. DeRozan is shooting 51.2% and averaging 27.0 points over the past 10 games for Chicago.

In their last 10 games, the Bulls are 3-7, averaging 115.7 points, 40.6 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 50.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.9 points.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Chicago are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Miami.

Chicago are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against Miami.

Chicago are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami.

Miami are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games against Chicago.

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Miami's last 9 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Bulls have been awful lately and just got destroyed by the Twolves 150-126 on the road. They've lost 5 straight games on the road as well. The Heat have won 4 games in a row and have scored an average of 110 ppg in their last 3. Miami is 14-8 as favorite and with the Bulls struggling on the road it's hard to trust them right now so I'll go with the Heat to cover the spread.

PICK: Heat -5 (-110)

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