Winning in the NBA on a regular basis is no easy feat, and it gets all the more difficult when you have a team that has seen its starting line-up depleted by injury. This is when the depth of your bench gets put to the test, and it’s when many teams end up folding under the pressure and slipping out of the playoff race. That is exactly what is happening to the Chicago Bulls right now, as a seemingly endless array of injuries has sent their season off the rails. They are going to have a tough time holding on to their #8 ranking in the Eastern Conference coming down the stretch, and their next game on the road against the Miami Heat is about as tough as it gets. Can the Bulls bit players stand tall, or will they wilt under the pressure? If you’re a Heat fan or a Bulls fan and want to place some money on your squad to win go on over to our NBA Hoops spread page.
How To Bet The Chicago vs Miami NBA Odds, TV and Game Info
Why bet on the Chicago Bulls
This season has been a roller coaster ride for the Chicago Bulls (30-28) albeit one that has not been much fun to be on. The injuries to key players are stacking up, and their drop in the standings is starting to turn into a free fall. They looked to have turned things around a little with 3 wins in a row, but they have now lost back to back games, and are just 3-7 in their last 10. They are clinging on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by the skin of their teeth, but they will soon be on the outside looking in if this current losing trend continues. The Bulls have not been very good on the road this season, but they have at least been somewhat competitive against teams with a winning record, going 16-19 overall through this point in the season. The Bulls are averaging 101.6 PPG, and are giving up 102.3 PPG.
Why bet on the Miami Heat
The Heat (33-26) are currently locked in a titanic struggle with the Atlanta Hawks for the lead in the Southeast Division, and currently have a half game edge. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have to be considered the favorite for this one given that they are currently boasting an 18-12 record on home court. The Heat have played the Bulls once already this season, and they came away with an 89-84 win in that one. That victory came on the road, and you have to believe that Miami will be even better playing this one in their own building. The Heat have a similar sort of record to the Bulls versus teams with a winning record, so there isn’t much to separate them there. To me, this one all comes down to home court advantage. Miami are averaging 96.9 PPG, and are giving up 96.7 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
You really have to feel a little sorry for the Bulls, but the Heat are not going to go out of their way to show way sort of sympathy. They will look at this game as a chance to pick up a win against a team that is down right now, and I think they will take that chance.
Chicago Bulls 98 Miami Heat 100