Heat Vs Bulls Line, Final Score Prediction, TV & Live Streaming InfoJosh Bailey
Following back-to-back wins against powerhouse squads, the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls will look to continue their strong play when they host the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.
Miami has gone .500 over their last 10 games and are a surprising fourth in the East. On the season, the Heat are averaging 92.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 96.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting.
Chicago has gone .500 over their last 12 games and look for a third straight win. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting.
A Closer Look At The Heat Vs Bulls Line, Final Score Prediction, TV & Live Streaming Info
Matchup: Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
Date: Jan. 25, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
TV Info: ABC
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Miami Vs Chicago
Point Spread: Bulls -9
Game Total: 186.5
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The Miami Heat Will Beat the Chicago Bulls If
- Bosh or Wade or both take over the game – Dwayne Wade has been injured more than anybody in Miami would like this season. It always seems like D-Wade is questionable. He needs to at least suit up and either he or Chris Bosh will have to score 30 in this since Miami has trouble scoring unless one of their big two is hitting his shots.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 24, 2015
- Hit their shots from 3-point land – Miami made only 4 of 22 three-point shots the last time that they faced the Bulls. That’s an 18.2% success rate. Really, Miami? Now, Chris Bosh didn’t even dress for that game, but the percentage is absolutely horrible.
- Win defensive rebound battle – Chicago out rebounded Miami on the defensive glass 36 to 27. Bosh might be able to help in the rebounding department, but he’s most effective playing away from the basket. Miami is going to have to find a way to grab defensive rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls Will Beat the Miami Heat If
- Pau Gasol gets going – Even though Chicago destroyed Miami 93 to 75 the last time these two teams met, Gasol only had 9 points and grabbed 9 boards. Chris Bosh didn’t play in that game. Bosh should be available for this one, meaning that the complexion of the matchup could change. Gasol has to get involved early with Bosh in the line-up.
- Derrick Rose goes off – In some matchups it’s better if Rose lets the game come to him, but in this case, it might be best if Rose just goes off. Steph Curry did that versus Miami, Curry scored 32 points, and Golden State beat the Heat 104 to 89. Rose should try and pull a Curry in this contest.
- Bench Hinrich early if he’s ineffective – Why is Kirk Hinrich playing over 25 minutes per game if he’s been utterly ineffective? Pride? He played over 35 minutes versus Boston and scored 6 points, dished 3 assists and grabbed 3 boards. Against Cleveland his contribution was 3 boards in 26 minutes and 35 seconds. Bench the guy early if he’s just out there running up and down the court.
Bet On the Chicago Bulls to Beat the Miami Heat
Yes, Chris Bosh is an extremely capable player that will change the complexion of this game, but overall Chicago is the much better team. All Chicago has to do is make small changes, like putting Kirk Hinrich on the bench and dumping the ball into Gasol, in order to counter Bosh’s presence.
Miami has to hope that both Wade and Bosh are at 100% and find a way to make a 3-point shot. That’s a lot of hoping for a team on the road.