Bulls at Heat - 4/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (46-32) at Miami Heat (35-43)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -1 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat square off Thursday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Chicago Bulls look for a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 100.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. Aaron Brooks is dishing 3.2 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Magic in which they shot 43 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times. The Bulls have lost three straight road games. The Bulls are still fighting for the third seed. Derrick Rose is questionable with rest.
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The Miami Heat need a win after losing four of their last five games. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.5 points and 4.8 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 assists. Luol Deng is dishing 1.9 assists and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. The Miami Heat are allowing 46.9 percent shooting from the field and 42.5 percent from deep in their last five games. Nine of the Heat’s last 10 victories have come on their home court. The Heat need this game in order to remain in the playoff hunt. Michael Beasley is questionable with a knee injury.
The Bulls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home gamesand 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Heat need this game if they're going to get into the playoffs, and they're catching the Bulls on the end of a back-to-back. I like Miami winning this game at home.