The 37-14 Miami Heat will be on a back to back when they meet a rested 31-22 Chicago Bulls in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Chicago is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the road team Miami Heat favored by -2 ½ points with an over under line of 186 ½ points. There has been no movement in the side or total since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The teams met back on January 4th with the Bulls posting the 96-89 road win against the Heat as a +7 ½ point underdog. The total came in at under 189 ½ points.
Miami has a road record this season of 14-11. The Heat extend their win streak to eight games after a 103-90 road win on Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks as a -5 ½ point betting favorite. The over under line came in at under 196 points. The Heat overcame a 10 point fourth quarter deficit by outscoring Atlanta 40-17 in the final stanza. Miami shot 47.4% from the floor along with 10 of 23 from three. They allowed Atlanta 50% shooting and 9 more rebounds but the Heat win the game as the Hawks give it away with 21 turnovers. Lebron James had 24 points and 11 assists on 8 of 15 from the field. The Heat is in the top five in the NBA in three key categories which are points scored per game, field goal and three point shooting.
The Bulls are 15-12 on their home court. They returned back from the All Star break with a 96-87 road win on Tuesday to the New Orleans Hornets as a -1 point betting favorite. The total landed over 181 ½ points. This broke a two game losing streak by Chicago. The Bulls shot 46.7% from the floor and connected on 5 of 13 from three. They pulled down eight more rebounds than the Hornets and held New Orleans to 41.7% shooting. Luol Deng had 20 points and five rebounds on 7 of 13 shooting. Word from the media is that point guard Derrick Rose has looked good on his five on five drills. The Bulls can use the offensive upsurge that Rose brings to the lineup because Chicago is 27th and fourth to last in the NBA in scoring offense with just 93 points per game average.