Miami Heat (19-18) at Chicago Bulls (16-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.5 points and 7.8 assists while Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and Goran Dragic is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game.
The Chicago Bulls need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 115 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 115.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 28.7 points and 5.1 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 19.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. Coby White is the third double-digit scorer and Wendell Carter Jr. is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-14 ATS in their last 17 Friday games. The under is 5-2 in Heat last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 home games. The Heat are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Chicago.
The Miami Heat are playing their best ball of the season right now, which includes winning their last five games by an average of 4.4 points while shooting 46 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls just got smoked last night at home against a 76ers team that didn't have Embiid or Simmons. Yeah, no thanks. I'll gladly lay the small chalk with the Heat in this spot.