The Chicago Bulls will look to stave off elimination when they travel to play the Miami Heat in game five of their best of seven Eastern conference playoff series in a pro basketball game on Wednesday night.
The teams will tip off from Miami at 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The NBA playoff odds from game five has home team Miami Heat favored by -14 ½ points with an over under line of 182 points. There has been no line movement in this playoff game since the odds were released a few hours ago.
The Bulls fell to the brink of elimination after an 88-65 road defeat in game three to the Miami Heat as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed under 185 points. Miami now leads this series at 3-1.
After scoring 33 first half points the Bulls were held to just nine third quarter points in defeat. Chicago shoots a miserable 25.7% shooting game and hit on just 2 of 17 from three point range. They had ten more rebounds than the Heat and connected on 25 of 32 free throws. Each team committed 17 turnovers. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 14 points and 12 boards on 3 of 14 shooting. Jimmy Butler scored 12 points as he made 4 of his 10 shots. No Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng and no Kirk Hinrich for the Bulls in game four and in game five all three players remain questionable. Without Derrick Rose in the lineup this season for Chicago the team has still defended well but the offense was not very good. The team is 29th and second worst in all of basketball by scoring 93.2 points a game and ranks in the bottom half of basketball in both field goal and three point shooting.
The Heat shot 48.5% in game four and made 6 of 18 three pointers. They got to the free throw line 21 times and made16 shots. LeBron James led the Heat with 27 points and eight assists on 9 of 20 shooting. Chris Bosh had 14 points and pulled down six boards as he made 7 of his 10 shots. The Miami Heat on their home court has been an outstanding offense by averaging 106 points a game and shooting 50.7% from the field and 40.3% from three point distance.