Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls
Thursday, 12/5/13, 9:30 PM EST, TV: TNT
Opening Point Spread: Miami -4.5
Current Betting Line: Miami -4.5
Opening Total: 189
Current Total: 188
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Miami had its 10-game win streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 107-97 setback to the Detroit Pistons as nine-point home favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total in its last two contests. The Heat are 5-2 SU on the road this season, with each of those affairs coming against Eastern Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks Thursday night. Miami is 2-1 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season, with the OVER cashing in two of the three opportunities.
The Heat are averaging 104.1 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the floor, while allowing 96.1 points a contest. Miami has currently won each of its last five games away from South Beach, outscoring foes by an average of 14.2 points over that span, which is hard to ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page. Forward LeBron James is the key player to watch on the floor as he attempts to score 10 or more points in his 514th consecutive game.
Chicago has dropped six of its last seven contests, including a 131-128 triple-overtime defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans as seven-point home favorites last time out. The Bulls are 5-1 SU at the United Center, including a perfect 4-0 mark versus conference foes. Offensively, the team is led by the forward tandem of Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng, as the duo is averaging a combined 34.4 points and 16.0 rebounds per game. Chicago is 10-24 ATS when playing on two days rest the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 20-14 in that situation.
The Bulls will need a big performance out of Boozer to try and pull off a slight upset, as he’s averaged 22.7 points and 14.7 boards in his last three regular-season meetings against the Heat. Chicago dropped a 107-95 decision to Miami in the first meeting of the 2013-14 season between these two rivals, but it owns a 31-15 all-time advantage when playing at home in this series.
Sports bettors will likely back the Heat due to their 5-0 ATS mark following a double-digit loss at home.
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