Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat - 3/11/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (37-27) at Chicago Bulls (32-30)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat roll into the United Center to take on the Chiacago Bulls on Friday night.
The Heat were on a five-game win streak until they had their momentum halted in Wednesday's 114-108 loss at Milwaukee. Hassan Whiteside had a great game of 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, Luol Deng added 20 points and 11 rebounds while Dwyane Wade had 18 points but it was the Bucks who would dominate the fourth quarter by 34-23 to steal the win. Miami really needed that win to continue their charge towards that third seed in the Eastern Conference, but the loss drops them 1.5 games behind third-placed Boston.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls will be looking to remain in the playoff picture with another win their third straight win, but they may well be shorthanded against as Butler's status is still unclear. Derrick Rose would have to step up his production like he did with 22 points and seven assists in the Bulls' 100-90 win over the Bucks, but I'm also looking to Pau Gasol who racked up a triple-double of 12 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in the same game. Chicago are currently clinging onto that eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but they may have to keep pace until Butler can return before they can climb the rankings.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, while the Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
The line has yet to be released for this one so please check back later for my free pick.