Heat vs Bulls Betting Line

2011 NBA Conference Finals: Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat.

The Bulls lead the series 1-0 with a 103-82 win in game 1. Game 2 begins Wednesday at 8:30pm ET, at the United Center in Chicago. If you’d like to bet on the game, we recommend Bodog.com and BetED.com. Bodog has a high Visa deposit success rate for U.S. bettors, and BetED accepts eChecks.
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*The article below is from a previous Bulls vs Heat game. We’re leaving it here for reference.

Seeking the Florida sweep, the Chicago Bulls travel to Miami to face the Heat fresh off their Friday night win over the Orlando Magic. Meanwhile, Miami comes home after a beat down by the NBA’s best San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls are just ahead of the Heat and behind the Celtics as it looks to be a three-way race for the top spot in the NBA Eastern Conference. Tip off is 1 pm at the American Airlines Arena with the Heat favored by 2.5 points.

Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Matchup

Miami Heat

Miami has elevated its play in recent weeks, and the addition of point guard Mike Bibby who came to Miami not for the money but for a ring, may give the Heat the edge to win it all. LeBron James is having a LeBron James year with 26.4 points per game while Dwayne Wade averages 25.4 points and 8.2 assists per contest.

Chris Bosh is the third piece of the puzzle but has been puzzling all season. He grabs 8.1 boards and scores 18.5 points per game, but often disappears in games. Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and point guard Mario Chalmers round out the starting five. Bibby will spell Chalmers and can still hit from long range and run the floor. He is a defensive liability, however.

Eddie House was expected to be a big player off the bench but is scoring only 6.9 points a game while rebounder and power forward Udonis Haslem collects 8.2 boards a game.

Chicago Bulls

Chicago’s Derrick Rose scored 24 points and added four rebounds & four assists in the road win over Orlando on Friday. Luol Deng chipped in 16 points and six assists. Carlos Boozer added 12 points and nine boards. These three have been the heart and soul of Chicago basketball most of the year while center Joakim Noah has been on the mend. But the big guy is back running the floor and despite the rough game against Dwight Howard and the Magic, Noah still counts for 14 points and 11.7 rebounds every game.

The Bulls bench has improved of late as shooting guard Kyle Korver had 10 points and back-up point guard C.J. Watson registered eight points against the Magic on Friday. The Bulls do the dirty work every night and it shows as the have the league’s second best scoring defense at 92.4 per game.

Bulls vs. Heat Free Pick

Chicago chilled the Heat 93-89 on February 24th at home, but Miami is 22-7 at home and will need a win to keep pace with Boston in the east. March basketball is important and Miami knows a tiebreaker win could make a difference come May & June. On a three game losing streak, this is an important game for Miami. For this reason, I’m taking the Bulls to win. Miami is not a clutch team, and the Bulls are becoming one. The Bulls will take this on the road and we’ll hear about it on Sportscenter all night long.

 

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Previous Bulls vs Heat Game

Two of the top three in the NBA Eastern Conference battle in the Windy City on Thursday night as the Miami Heat (42-15) take on the Chicago Bulls (38-17). LeBron James & company are tied with Boston for the top spot in the conference while the Bulls are only two games back. Miami has won nine of their last ten, while Chicago won four straight before the All Star Break, then lost to Toronto on Wednesday. Tip off is at 8 pm ET at the United Center, with the Heat favored by 2 – 2.5 at most books.

 

Latest Heat vs Bulls Betting Lines

Sportsbook Point Spread Over/Under
Bodog.com Heat -2.5 (-105)

Bulls +2.5 (-115)

TBD
Sportsbook.com Heat -2 (-110)
Bulls +2 (-110)
191.5 (-110)

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls NBA Preview

Miami Heat

Miami has been the media favorite in the east all year and is finally living up to expectations. LeBron James (26.4 points per game) is having and MVP type season while Dwayne Wade has been spectacular and consistent all year. Wade is averaging 25.4 points and 8.2 assists per contest. The third leg of the big three trio, Chris Bosh, has endured injuries and insults this year as he has missed four games and earned boos from the home crowd before the break. The power forward is tough underneath with 8.1 boards and can score 18.5 points per game.

The other Heat starters, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mario Chalmers (who replaced Carlos Arroyo at point guard) need to be more consistent if Miami is going to be a serious title contender. Off the bench, the Heat bring Eddie House and his paltry 6.9 points per game, plus Udonis Haslem who collects 8.2 boards a game. In short, the Heat are not deep. James Jones, fresh off his win in the three-point shooting contest this weekend averages 6.4 points per game.

Chicago Bulls

Chicago’s Derrick Rose delighted the home fans against San Antonio last week, pouring in a career high 42 points as the Bulls defeated the Spurs 109-99. Chants of MVP reigned down from United Center rafters, cries that haven’t been heard since the Jordan days.

Rose puts up 24.9 points and 8.2 assists per game and does his job in a quiet, professional manner; a rarity in the NBA. Joakim Noah, who missed 30 games, is back but will see limited minutes. He is a tough defender, can score, and presents major match up problems for most teams. He leads the Bulls in rebounds per game at 11.7.

The rest of the Bulls lineup needs to contribute for Chicago to be considered a threat by Boston or Miami. Carlos Boozer is good for 19 points per game but has been up and down this season. Noah’s presence in the lineup will allow him to run the floor; one of his best assets as a player. Luol Deng has had great games and awful games while shooting guard Kyle Korver does little offensively. The Bulls have the league’s second best scoring defense at 92.4 per game.

Miami is 21-10 on the road while Chicago has lost only four games at home. These teams met in Chicago on January 15th, with the Bulls taking it 99-96. The United Center will be rocking and I’m picking the Bulls to take it by 3+. Bulls +2.5 at Bodog.com

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