Bulls vs. Heat - 1/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (19-24) at Chicago Bulls (29-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls square off Sunday afternoon at the United Center.
The Miami Heat have split their last 10 games and are holding onto one of the last seeds in the East. On the season, the Heat are averaging 92.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 96.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.6 points and 5.5 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 21.2 points and 7.6 rebounds. Luol Deng is shooting 50.1 percent from the field and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat have turned up their defense that’s allowing 41.9 percent shooting in their last five games, but their inconsistent offense continues to hold them back. The Heat have scored 95 or less points in six straight games and are averaging 87 points in their last five games. The Miami Heat have won 11 of their 19 games on the road.
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The Chicago Bulls have split their last eight games and look for a third straight win. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.5 points and 3.3 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.4 points and 11.6 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing five assists and Taj Gibson is shooting 50.3 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from deep in their last five games. While the Bulls offense has shown promise, this is still a defensive minded team first that’s won 14 of their last 17 games SU when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Bulls are coming off a game where they allowed the Mavericks to shoot 33.3 percent from deep.
The Heat are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
You could have Bill Gates money if you've been fading the Bulls all season long. Chicago simply can't cover the spread, especially on its home court. Assuming the Heat are healthy, you have to take the points here.