Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat betting tips and predictions NBA. Over the last 10 meetings between these two teams we saw an average of 211.1 points per game scored which is well below the 217.5 Point Total set for Wednesday’s game.
The injury to Lonzo Ball put a dent into the hopes of the Chicago Bulls this offseason as they hoped to improve on last year when they finished as the 6th seed in the East. Without the services of Ball, players like LaVine and DeRozan will once again get extra duties at the point-guard position which could disrupt their chemistry a bit.
Alex Caruso’s role will expand even further, so I’m genuinely interested to see how things go for Chicago this season. They open their season on the road against a familiar foe that they haven’t had much luck against in recent meetings. Miami has beaten them in 8 of the last 9 meetings, plus when it comes to covering the spread they’ve been able to do so just once in the last 7 head-to-head, so it could be a rough opening night for the Bulls.
Miami doesn’t have such injury issues thankfully. Their offseason was relatively quiet, even though they made an attempt to acquire Kevin Durant from Brooklyn, but in the end they didn’t make any significant moves.
Tyler Herro got himself a huge contract extension, which only solidifies this team’s roster for years to come. They were one of the elite home teams in the East last season and ended the season on a 10-3 SU run over their last 13 at FTX Arena. Miami is known for starting their season well, if we look at just their last 13 games played in October they covered the spread in 11 of those, plus against teams from their own division they are 6-1 SU in the last 7 outings.
It should be all Miami here. Yes, the Bulls have a ton of talent at the guard positions, but ultimately the Heat are a much better team. Jimmy Butler had a productive offseason, his health will determine how far the Heat go this season, but as far as the opener goes I am backing them with confidence to win on Wednesday.
Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Predictions & Odds
Scoring the ball was one of the main issues the Heat faced last season, in the Eastern Conference series vs Boston they had 3 games where they scored well under 100 points. Those issues haven’t been addressed properly this summer, but then again they rely a lot more on defense to win games as opposed to scoring the ball. We also noticed a trend towards the end of last season for the Heat which told us that in the last 7 of 10 games when they were the favorite the total went under.
Chicago also struggled scoring the ball in their playoff series against Milwaukee. Their last 5 games all ended under the total and without a proper point-guard in Lonzo Ball they could once again have a hard time filling it up. With their last 6 of 7 road games all finishing under the total, I think backing the under is the way to go in this game.