Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Predictions, Odds, Picks
- The Chicago Bulls look to bounce back after a narrow defeat in their last match!
- The Miami Heat look to push their winning streak to four games in a row!
- The Heat have won both meetings with the Bulls this season.
Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Odds
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Head-to-Head: Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
|Chicago Bulls||Head-to-Head||Miami Heat |
|Billy Donovan||Head Coach||Erik Spoelstra|
|39-22 (2nd in East)||Standing||40-21 (1st in East)|
|113.9 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.0 (7th of 30)|
|111.8 (18th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.2 (6th of 30)|
|98.6 (13th of 30)||Pace||95.7 (29th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. DeRozan (28.3)||PPG||J. Butler (21.9)|
|N. Vucevic (11.7)||RPG||B. Adebayo (10.3)|
|L. Ball, D. DeRozan (5.1)||APG||K. Lowry (7.9)|
|A. Caruso (1.9)||SPG||J. Butler (1.8)|
|N. Vucevic (1.2)||BPG||B. Adebayo (0.9)|
|T. Thompson (.714)/D. DeRozan (10.4)||FG%/FGM||D. Dedmon (.585)/T. Herro (7.5)|
|L. Ball (.423)/L. Ball (3.1)||3P%/3PM||D. Dedmon (.516)/D. Robinson (3.0)|
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|Lonzo Ball||Chicago Bulls||20 Jan 2022||Out (Knee)||Ball underwent surgery on his left knee and is expected to return in 6-8 weeks.|
|Alex Caruso||Chicago Bulls||22 Jan 2022||Out (Wrist)||Caruso will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a fractured wrist.|
|Patrick Williams||Chicago Bulls||29 Jan 2022||Out (Wrist)||There is a chance that Williams could return before the end of the regular season.|
|Victor Oladipo||Miami Heat||23 Sep 2021||Out (Knee)||Oladipo has yet to be cleared for full-court work.|
|Markieff Morris||Miami Heat||27 Jan 2022||Out (Reconditioning)||There is no timetable for Morris’ return.|
How Can the Bulls Beat the Heat?
The Chicago Bulls are trying to bounce back from a loss against the Memphis Grizzlies. They’ll have a difficult go of it, as they are facing a defensively adept Miami Heat team.
Having already lost two games to the Miami Heat, the Bulls must improve on their ball security if they hope to win. In two matches against the Heat, the Bulls committed an average of 18.0 turnovers while forcing an average of just 9 themselves.
It won’t be an easy day for Chicago, especially with their best two perimeter defenders unavailable. Being efficient with their scoring opportunities will be central to their success.
Bulls Key Player: (G-F) DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan hit the tough bucket on Pat Bev and let him know he’s too small 😂🔥 pic.twitter.com/hA4Agxvkrq
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 12, 2022
After an ejection and a loss in his last game, DeMar DeRozan is certain to bounce back with a good game against the Heat. Coming up against one of the league’s best defences, DeRozan must be efficient.
In 41 minutes of play in his last game, DeRozan posted 31 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. He was 2 of 2 from three, but 10 of 29 from the field overall.
The Heat have gotten the better of the Bulls in their last two meetings. Due to their excellent perimeter defence, DeRozan will need to showcase his playmaking as much as his scoring.
How Can the Heat Beat the Bulls?
Currently ranked first in the Eastern Conference, the Heat face a Bulls team that are right on their tails in the standings. Miami have won two games since returning from the All-Star Break, but they can’t be complacent against the Bulls.
It’s an offence versus defence matchup when these two teams show up. The Heat are versatile on the defensive end, but the Bulls own the best field goal percentage in the NBA at 48.2% per game.
The Heat must be wary of the Bulls’ offence in this meeting. Shoring up the paint and forcing Chicago to make threes is Miami’s best bet. But the Heat can’t be too relaxed closing out, as Chicago are 2nd in the league in three-point efficiency (37.6%).
Heat Key Player: (G) Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry (13 PTS, 10 AST) put up his 14th double-double of the season in Miami’s win over San Antonio! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/wKrYT42iXZ
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) February 27, 2022
Kyle Lowry is the engine that runs the Miami Heat. While players like Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler may score more points, it is Lowry’s playmaking that opens up the entire court for Miami.
In his last game, a win over the Spurs, Lowry posted 13 points and 10 assists on 4 of 8 shooting from the field.
Lowry isn’t a flashy player, but what he does on the court brings his teammates to another level. If he can continue his stellar playmaking, while being rewarded with made shots by his teammates, the Heat should make it 3-0 against the Bulls this season.
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How to Watch Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
|Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Information|
|Who||Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat|
|Where||FTX Arena, Miami, Florida|
|When||7:30 PM EST, February 28th, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports Sun, NBC Sports Chicago, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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