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Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat - 1/19/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
United Center
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5
TV Channel
WGN, FSS
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The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Miami Heat look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 106.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 17.7 points and four assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 13.8 points and 3.9 assists. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Justise Winslow is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last eight road games.

The Chicago Bulls have won just one game since Christmas. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 22.8 points and 4.3 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Wendell Carter Jr. is grabbing seven rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls lost their last four home games.

The Heat are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games, 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games playing on 0 days rest and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Bulls are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southeast, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Heat are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 overall. The over is 8-3 in Heat last 11 overall.

The Miami Heat have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Chicago Bulls, which includes a comfortable road victory back in November. The Heat have cooled off drastically after an impressive two week stretch and they're on the end of a back to back, but backing the Bulls even as a slight underdog doesn't have much value. The Bulls are in clear tank mode at the moment and possibly playing their best ball of the season in their last five games where they're being outscored by an average of 18.8 points while allowing 51.2 percent shooting. The Bulls also have just one win since Christmas. I'll lay the bucket with the Heat.

Pick:
Miami Heat -2.5

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