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Heat vs Bulls Prediction

by AJ LeivaMarch 12, 2021
  • Heat vs Bulls Prediction
  • Who: Miami Heat (19-18) at Chicago Bulls (16-19)
  • When: Friday, March 12, 2021, at 9:00 pm EST (United Center)
  • Odds: Chicago Bulls +2.5 (-110) | Miami Heat -2.5 (-110) 
  • Over/Under: 219.5
  • Moneyline: Miami (-138) | Chicago (+118)
  • TV: NBC Sports Chicago, Fox Sports Sun

The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls match up Friday night in a packed NBA lineup. Chicago will play host to the Heat for the first meeting between these teams in the 2021 season.
The Miami Heat are trying to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games.

The expectations of the Heat this season were to be a title contender after their improbable run in the 2020 Playoffs, A rocky first half to start the season had some fans wavering but since the month of February, the Heat have been on a tear.

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Miami Heat Numbers to Know

The Miami Heat are scorching the NBA right now, winning their last five games by an average of 4.4 points while shooting 46% from the field. On the season the Heat offense is averaging 106.8 points on 46.2% shooting and their defense is allowing 108.4 points on 44.6% shooting which ranks them as the 5th best defense in the NBA.

Jimmy Butler continues to be the central option for this team. His veteran presence and tough mentality while draw fouls on offense have him averaging 20.5 points and 7.8 assists per game. Bam Adebayo has continued his growth into a top-performing big man in the NBA. Adebayo averages 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds.

What the Miami Heat may be missing in veteran experience they make up with young and exciting talent. Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and Kendrick Nunn are below the age of 25 yet average more than 12 points per game this season.

Miami is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-2 in the Heat last 7 overall. In the last 10 meetings in Chicago, the Heat are 8-2 ATS. Miami will need a solid contribution from Kelly Olynick tonight with Bam Adebayo out this game.

Bam has missed 4 games in the 2021 season, the Heat are 2-2 in those games with the losses coming in January during a doubleheader against Philadelphia. Heat bettors shouldn’t feel too worried about Adebayo being out because the two wins come during the Heat’s latest two wins against New Orleans and Orlando.

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Chicago Bulls Numbers to Know

The Chicago Bulls need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Bulls can score in bunches. Their 115 points per game and 48.6 shooting percentage rank them as the 9th scoring offense in the NBA.

The problem for the Bulls though is their defense which allows 115.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting. The Bulls are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent at the free-throw line. The Bulls allow 35.2% shooting from the three and grab 44.2 rebounds per game.

Zach LaVine continues to be the star for the Bulls, LaVine is averaging 28.7 points and 5.1 assists. Lauri Markkanen brings some support to LaVine with 19.1 points and 6.1 assists. The Bulls also feature a young rising star in Coby White who averages 16.3 points 5 assists and 5 rebounds.

The over is 5-2 in the last 7 Bulls home games. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played on 0 days rest and 3-14 in their last 17 Friday games. In the last 10 games Against Miami, the Bulls are 6-4 ATS. The under has hit in 13 of their last 20 games against Miami.

Heat vs Bulls Prediction

The Bulls just got smoked by a 76ers team that was missing both Embiid and Simmons. While not having Adebayo will hurt the Heat they have proven they can win games without him. Jimmy Butler will be limiting LaVine’s ability to make a difference in this game.

Miami wins straight up but the Bulls cover and the over hits.

 

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About The Author
AJ Leiva
I grew up in Florida playing baseball, football, lacrosse, and basketball. My love for sports led me to the University of Miami where I earned my degree in Sports Administration. I follow the Miami Heat, Dolphins, Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Buccaneers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. I enjoy writing about legal developments, gambling, and team building throughout professional sports. In the future, I hope to work in the front office of a professional sports team doing contract negotiation and player acquisition.