Sun, Mar 6, 3:11pm by Kevin Pitstock
Game: NBA Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls
Date/Time: Monday March 7, 2011 6:00am AEST
The Miami Heat are struggling lately as they have dropped 3 games in a row. This is a team that many feel can and will win it all. They will be hosting the Chicago Bulls who come in 42-18 for the season and 16-14 on the road. Miami is 43-19 overall and 22-7 at home.
Chicago has won 8 of their last ten games and have a one game win streak. The Heat are limping in with 5 wins in their last 10 games. Before checking Sportsbet for the odds, let’s preview each team and then make our expert pick.
LeBron James average over 26 points per game to lead the Heat in scoring. He also hands out 7 assists per game and makes 1.5 steals per game to lead three of the offensive categories.Chris Bosh wipes the glass by securing rebounds at a 8.2 clip per game. Dwayne Wade shoots 50% and Joel Anthony blocks 1.4 shots per game.
The Heat are in the top ten in 4 of the 5 offensive categories. They are 3rd in scoring average at 101.8 per game. They shoot 47% from the field for 3rd in the NBA and 9th from 3-point line at 36.7%. Rebounding is taken care of with an average of 42.7 boards per game.
The Bulls are led by All Star Derrick Rose that manages to score 24.6 points per game coupled with 8 assists per game. Luol Deng grabs 6 rebounds per game and Carlos Boozer shoots 52% from the field. Ronnie Brewer makes 1.4 steals per game and Taj Gibson blocks shots at a 1.5 per game clip.
Chicago score 97.9 points per game and give up 91.9 to their opponents per game. They have no trouble shooting with 45.9% from the field and 73% from the free throw line. The Bulls are the 2nd best rebounders in the NBA with 44.4 boards per game and hold off the opposition by allowing them 39 boards per game.
Pick and Prediction
The last meeting between these two teams the Bulls defeated the Heat 93-89 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The struggling Miami Heat are a better team than they have been showing in the last 2 weeks on the floor. They have 3 All stars in James, Bosh and Wade that can come alive at any time. The Bulls are alive and on fire in recent weeks with some big wins to set them up for a deep run in the playoffs. The odds courtesy of Sportsbet -4.5 Heat is a big one. At home and needing to put the bad string behind them then our expert pick for your bet has Heat -4.5 to win.
Our Pick: Bet Heat -4.5 at Sportsbet
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