Thu, Feb 24, 4:49pm by Kevin Pitstock
Two heavyweight teams will slug it out on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Miami Heat enters with a 21-10 record on the road and are 42-15 overall. The Bulls are 25-4 at home and 35-16 overall.
Each team comes in on streaks that started before the All Star break. The Bulls have won 4 in a row and are winners of 8 out of the last 10 games. Miami has won 3 in a row and have been successful 9 of the last 10 games. Let’s check Centrebet for the odds then make out free pick after we preview each team.
The Bulls are a rebounding team as they are second in the NBA with 44 boards per game and give up 39 per game. They average 98 points and allow 92 per game. They are successful 73% of the time from the free throw stripe and complete 46% of their shots from the field.
The leading scorer for the Bulls is All Star Derrick Rose and 24.9 points per game. He also provides the most assists at 8.2 per game. Taj Gibson averages 1.6 blocks, Ronnie Brewer makes 1.3 steals per game and Carlos Boozer leads the team with 54% from the field. The top glass cleaner is Luol Deng as he averages 6.1 rebounds per game.
Miami is led by their 3 All Star players. Chris Bosh leads in rebounding at 8.1 grabs per game and Dwayne Wade shoots 49.8% from the field. LeBron James scores at a 26.2 points per game clip and dished over 7 assists per game while completing 1.5 steals every game.
Offensively as a team, Miami scores 102 points per game which is ninth best in the NBA and allows 94 per game. They are second in the league in field goal percentage at 47.6% and seventh in rebounding with 43.1 boards per game.
Pick and Prediction
Lots of offense will happen in this game as will board work from the Bulls and Heat. Miami has the better percentage from the field but Chicago is impressively good at home. The odds courtesy of
Centrebet at Chicago Bulls +2. Out expert pick is to bet Chicago +2 from Centrebet.
Our Pick: Chicago +2 at Centrebet
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