Heat vs. Bulls - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (14-8) at Miami Heat (11-12)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +3.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, SUN
The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat play Sunday afternoon at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Chicago Bulls have won five of their last seven games and begin a short two-game road trip. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 103.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler leads Chicago with 21 points and 5.7 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 17.2 points and 5.1 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 12.1 rebounds per game and Taj Gibson is shooting 51.7 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls have really improved their offense as of late with the return of Rose, as they’re averaging 110.6 points in their last five games. With their defense, the Bulls are 11-5 SU this season when topping 100 points. Joakim Noah is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
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The Miami Heat have lost five of their last seven games and play just their second home game of the month. On the season, the Heat are averaging 95 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Chris Bosh leads the Heat with 21.6 points and 8.2 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.3 points and 5.9 assists. Luol Deng is shooting 50 percent from the field and Mario Chalmers is averaging 4.3 assists. The Miami Heat have to start playing better defense, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 50.1 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from deep in their last five games. The Heat have lost nine straight when allowing 100-plus points. Josh McRoberts is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
The Bulls are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Miami Heat finally return home to where they're most comfortable and have to be eager to turn things around after running into a few bumps in the road. The Heat usually play the Bulls hard and I like their chances to get a statement win, especially if Noah doesn't play.