Battle For Number 1: Miami Heat Vs. Chicago Bulls

  • The Miami Heat have -180 odds to beat the Chicago Bulls on Monday Night.
  • The Heat are 4-point favorites going into the game.
  • Kyle Lowry is out for the Heat; Nikola Vucevic is questionable for the Bulls.

MIAMI – In what is expected to be the game of the night, the Miami Heat will host the Chicago Bulls in an Eastern Conference showdown. The Miami Heat currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 40-21 record while the Bulls are just one game behind at 39-22.

Going into the game, online betting sites do have the Heat slightly favored to come out on top. However, there are some key injuries on both sides to take note of. For Miami, Kyle Lowry has been ruled out due to personal reasons. On Chicago, Nikola Vucevic suffered a sprained ankle against the Memphis Grizzlies and is questionable.

Miami Heat Vs. Chicago Bulls Odds

  • Miami Heat -180
  • Chicago Bulls +155
  • Spread: Heat -4 (-115)
  • Total: O/U 225

Getting into the outright winner of the game, both teams have been scorching as of late, however, Miami is on a three-game win streak while the Bulls are coming off of a loss. The Heat are also one of the best teams when playing at home in the league with a 20-7 record. When playing on the road, Chicago has struggled to get things going with a 15-13 record.

In their last 11 games played in Miami, the Heat have gone a strong 8-3. As for Chicago and their last 10 games on the road, they have gone a concerning 3-7.

Standing Strong Against The Spread

It is no secret that these two teams are some of the best in the league against the spread. Chicago has a slight advantage going 36-24-1 ATS while Miami has gone 34-26-1. However, Miami has a larger cover margin of 4.6 points compared to the Bulls 2.1.

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Although the Heat have won eight of their last nine games, teams have had success covering the spread against them as of late as they have gone just 5-4 in those nine games. However, of the eight games they won in their last nine, they have won by four points or more. Chicago has been more impressive in their recent games going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 and covering three of their last four.

The one major trend to keep an eye on though is that when going into a game as an away team underdog, the Bulls have gone 5-8 ATS and fail to cover the spread by 6.2 points.

The public has had a slight influence on the NBA odds for this game as the line opened at a 3.5-point spread and shifted to 4 points with Miami taking 73% of the total bets.