Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat host the Chicago Bulls for game three in Miami with the series tied 1-1. The Heat is favored by 4-points against the Bulls and the over/under total is set at 179.
The Miami Heat responded in a big way after faltering in the second half of game one to get a ten-point victory in game two. LeBron James proved to be the difference maker in the second half as he finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds on the night. The Heat defense played lockdown in the second half as well limiting the Bulls to just 10 fourth quarter points. The Heat also got a huge boost from the bench as Udonis Haslem stepped up to offer 13 points and 5 rebounds to go along with a lot of hustle plays that didn’t make the stat sheet. Coach Erik Spoelstra seemed to find the right groove with his rotations in game two after making a mess of things in game one.
The Chicago Bulls shot just 34% in game two as Derrick Rose scored 21 points on a lousy 7-23 shooting. The Bulls couldn’t buy a three pointer at 3-20 on the night. Perhaps the most important takeaway though was that the Bulls got out-rebounded 45-41 after using that facet of the game as their biggest advantage in the first meeting. The Bulls still got 17 offensive boards, which led to 14 more shot attempts than the Heat on the night, but Chicago didn’t do a strong enough job converting.
The line for this game opened at Heat -5 with a total of 179. The total hasn’t moved but the spread certainly has as the Heat is listed at -4 most places now with the betting action pretty split on volume. While the Bulls are a solid team, I still think Miami has the decided edge on their home court and I’m going against the line movement to think the Heat cover as well. Quite simply star power should factor in greatly here if the Heat is able to match Chicago’s defensive intensity, as they were able to last game. I’m taking the Heat minus the 4 in this game tonight.
Miami Heat -4 Chicago Bulls