Miami Heat (25-17) at Chicago Bulls (16-27)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -1 -- Over/Under: 206.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls meet Monday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Miami Heat look for another victory to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Miami Heat are averaging 101 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14 points and 11.8 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four straight road games.
The Chicago Bulls look for a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102.4 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Nikola Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have split their last six home games.
The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The Bulls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Chicago, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls have been a covering machine now that they're healthy, and they're catching the Miami Heat on the end of a back to back. However, the Miami Heat haven't lost since it became 2018, and they're looking more and more like the team that went on that crazy second half run last season. It's hard to turn down the free point with the better team. You're going to make a lot of money long term when getting the better team in spots like this. Give me the Heat.