Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls Betting Pick - Game Predictions

November 22, 8:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
MIA -4.5/Chi +4.5

The Chicago Bulls (5-10) and the Miami Heat (10-3) will square off in an Eastern Conference clash. The tip-off is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on WGN. The Heat and Bulls last met in January in Miami, and the Bulls would orchestrate a 105-89 upset despite closing as a 10.5-point underdog.

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls Injury Concerns:

Chicago journeyman Small Forward Otto Porter, Jr. will be unavailable for this game as he will be sidelined until December due to a bone bruise to his left foot.

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls Overview:

Miami Heat

The Heat come into this game on a four-game winning streak. Miami was last in action at home on Wednesday when they hosted the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. As a 9.5-point favorite, the Heat generated their fourth consecutive cover when they defeated the Cavs 124-100.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls ended a three-game losing streak on Wednesday when they hosted divisional rival Detroit and handed the Pistons a 109-89 defeat. The Bulls were also able to get takers to the window as they closed as a small one-point favorite.

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Reasons To Avoid Miami:

As a whole, Miami's stock is accelerated at the moment due to their impressive body of work in both straight up and against the spread capacities. When their present streaks are factored into the mix, this team is in position to be overvalued. 73% of the consensus is on the Heat would suggest that this may indeed be the case. Though the Heat overall has been one of the better teams in the East in the opening stages of the 2019-2020 NBA season, it is worth mentioning that all three of Miami's losses this year came on the road. Moreover, the Heat are 4-3 SU away from Miami, which makes them from where I stand, a team that should not be laying road points.

Reasons To Back Chicago:

The Bulls have the blueprint for upsetting the Heat. Chicago owns edges in the turnover department, they are just as physical as Miami on the glass (Chicago averages 45.1 total rebounds per game to Miami's 44.3 total boards per contest), and they own an edge in the bench department. All three of these facets will enable the Bulls to go toe-to-toe with the Heat and make this a competitive bout. Moreover, in a game that is forecasted to be close by the given line, Chicago bodes value with points being more responsible with the basketball. After all, Miami is the worst team in the NBA in turnovers per game, averaging 19.2 per contest, which is 3.6 more turnovers per game than Chi-town. This makes Miami a dangerous play in a lively environment like the Windy City that can be invoked with each miscue the Heat make. This also further enhances the equity in backing Chicago.

Heat at Bulls ATS Prediction 11/22/19

To be honest, I was toying with taking the Bulls on the Money Line here as this line seemed incredibly soft, given the contrasting forms of both parties. Despite the upset potential being high in this contest, I will play this one conservative and take the points. At the bare minimum, this game will likely be decided by who has the ball last.

Free Pick: 
Take Chicago +4.5 KF