Matchup: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
Date/Time: Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Miami -11.5
Total Line: 186
Chicago’s stay in the postseason was expected to be a short one as an underdog in its opening round series against Brooklyn, but after building a surprising 3-1 lead it hung on to win with a 99-93 victory in this past Saturday’s Game 7 as a seven-point underdog on the road. The Bulls went 3-4 against the spread in that series with the total going OVER in five of the seven games.
They come into this best-of-seven series as prohibitive underdogs and to make matters worse both Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng remain questionable for Monday night. Hinrich has been sidelined for the last three games with a sore calf and Deng missed the last two due to illness. The other wildcard for this series is the possible return of Derrick Rose, who has missed the entire season while recovering from knee surgery, but he remains doubtful for Game 1.
Miami has been waiting patiently for the start of its next series after rolling over Milwaukee 4-0 in the opening round with four-straight double-digit wins. The Heat went 3-1 ATS with total staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in all four games. They are now 12-0 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games. The main action on the defending champions has been whether or not it can remain undefeated all the way to a second-straight NBA title.
LeBron James picked-up where he left off in the regular season with 24.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists a game against the Bucks. Ray Allen was once again huge off the bench with 16.5 points and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 36.5 points in the winning effort. The Miami Heat averaged 100 points a game in that series while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from three-point range.
Free NBA Pick
The Chicago Bulls only real chance in this game is if Miami’s rust from an eight-day layoff carries deep into the fourth quarter of this game. You might want to consider a play on Chicago on a first-half line, but the end result of Game 1 is the Heats’ fifth-straight double-digit victory in these playoffs that is just enough to cover the 11.5-point spread.
Miami 106 Chicago 94
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