Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
Date/Time: October 29th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Heat -4.5
It’s another banner raising night in South Beach, as the 2013 NBA betting season begins with a flurry for the Miami Heat, as they take on one of their top contenders in the Eastern Conference this year, the Chicago Bulls.
Of course, the biggest story here in the opening night of the NBA season is that G Derrick Rose is finally back after missing the entire 2012-13 season with an ACL injury that he suffered in the 2012 playoffs. Rose seems to be fit and better than ever, and he is hoping to play as well right out of the blocks as he did in the preseason. Remember that without Rose in the lineup, these Bulls matched up relatively favorably at times with the Heat last season, and the hope is that that can continue right off the bat this season. All of the rest of the men that we have come to know and love for Chicago like C Joakim Noah and F Carlos Boozer are back, and they both have a fantastic opportunity in this game to take advantage of a Miami team that seems to be just a bit weak on the glass.
The argument could be made that the Heat are better served this season than they were last year. They picked up F Michael Beasley, a man with nothing to lose and everything to gain playing for Miami, and the rest of this squad is a year older and a year wiser when it comes to playing together. Of course, all eyes are going to be on F LeBron James, who could be entering his final season in South Beach. In fact, all of the “Super Friends” know that they can opt out of their contracts at the end of this year, which is what really makes this a special season to try to get through if you are a fan of the Heat. The newly acquired C Greg Oden has a knee injury that has caused him to miss a lot of time over the course of the last several seasons. He doesn’t figure to be able to play with Miami to start off this season, but it is only a matter of time until he is going to be back out there once again.
After winning Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last year, the Bulls ended up dropping Games 2-5, losing three of the four games by double digits. In the regular season though, the Bulls did score an SU victory over the Heat at home to stop Miami’s nearly record-setting winning streak. We think that there is a great chance for Chicago to at least stick inside of this number, and in the end, it might even be able to spoil championship night for the Heat. Chicago 98 – Miami 95
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