Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat Betting Preview
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by Real Bookies - 4/21/2021 4:31 PM Share

The Chicago Bulls will be in Florida Saturday night to take on the Miami Heat, with action tipping off at 8 pm ET. This will be the second matchup this season between these two Eastern Conference teams. The Heat won the first meeting in March, 101-90.

Before we get to a game pick, let's familiarize ourselves with each team.


Chicago Bulls: Target Some Props On a Nightly Basis

Chicago is right on the cusp of the playoff mix in the East. Remember, there will be play-in games for seeds seven through 10.

The Bulls will need to hold off Washington to remain inside this threshold. Chicago's identity revolves around the offensive end of the floor. The Bulls' offense is in the top 15 of the NBA while their defense has been sliding of late, currently in the bottom 10.

The Bulls play a fast brand of basketball and prefer to do their scoring near the rim. Both bring value for player props each and every night.

Zach LaVine leads the team in scoring, with 27.5 points per game. The 2020 All-Star also chips in five rebounds, five assists and one steal - doing it all for Chicago. Unfortunately, he's been sidelined due to health and safety protocols, so his status for this game is uncertain.

Trade deadline acquisition Nikola Vucevic has brought a spark to this offense, scoring over 23 points per game. Vucevic brings a three-level scoring threat to Chicago, and the big man also hauls in 10 boards per game.


Miami Heat: Slow Paced and Strong Defense

Miami, like Chicago, also finds itself a likely participant in the play-in games. Flirting near .500, the Heat need to get hot if they'd like to secure their seat in the first round.

The Heat's bread and butter is their defensive strength. A top 10 defense and a bottom 10 offense, Miami prefers a grind-it-out style of play. No team plays at a slower pace than the Heat.

A strong defense paired with a slow pace is a good bet for unders, with points a premium any time the Heat suit up. Miami's a bit stronger from deep than inside, with a middling three-point mark and below-average in the paint.

The Heat are led by the same duo that brought them to the NBA Finals a year ago: Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. This duo also was the reason many free betting picks won. Butler is scoring 21.7 points per game to go along with 7.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists and an astounding 2.4 steals.

Adebayo is filling the stat sheet, averaging 19 points, 9.3 boards, 5.2 assists, a steal and a block.

Game Pick: Miami Has an Edge

As highlighted above, the Bulls prefer to do their scoring near the hoop. Unfortunately, no team stymies the inside shot better than Miami.

This advantage tilts the pick clearly in the Heat's favor. Miami's defense is significantly stronger than Chicago's. The Heat's offense is also competent enough to score on a weak Bulls defense.

Put it all together, and the pick here is for the Heat to cover and win in this pivotal Eastern conference game. This will be the first of two straight between these two teams, with the second game on Monday night.

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