Date/Time: December 5th, 9:30 p.m. ET
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A rematch of the Eastern Conference Semifinals is on tap on Thursday night in the second half of the TNT double dip of NBA betting action, where the Miami Heat will hit the road against the Chicago Bulls.
The Heat have had all sorts of problems with Chicago in the past, and these problems have come even when G Derrick Rose was out of the lineup as he is right now. Though the Bulls did ultimately lose 4-1 in the second round of the playoffs last year to Miami, they did put up a fight, winning Game 1 and threatening to steal Game 5. Now, the Heat have to hit the road for a long trip that includes stops in Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit in the next four days, and this all comes on the heels of getting shocked at home against the Detroit Pistons. Though the Heat have played well defensively, we question this offense right now. For a team with so much star power, there should never be a question about getting to 100 points in a game. Miami has now failed to do so in four straight encounters, and as a result, it is only 2-2 ATS in spite of its 3-1 SU record in that stretch. G Dwyane Wade is up in the air for this one with a sore knee, something that we have come to expect at this point from the aging star.
Chicago’s season has been a disaster, if for nothing else because Rose is once again out for the whole season. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau has assembled a deep roster though, and men like F Luol Deng, F Carlos Boozer, F Taj Gibson, C Joakim Noah, G Kirk Hinrich, and F Mike Dunleavy should be able to carry the torch. The problem right now is that this backcourt is terrible. Hinrich is averaging 8.7 points per game, and he is the only healthy guard on the roster averaging more than 1.2 points per game. Guys are playing out of position all over the place, and though the team is big on the court, it is often getting outdone by smaller, quicker teams. The Bulls have been beaten in six of their last seven, all of which have come without G Jimmy Butler on the floor as he recovers from is turf toe, including a heartbreaking 131-128 loss in triple overtime at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.
Many are going to jump on the Bulls and point to their 5-1 record at the United Center as a reason to believe they can win this game. In the end though, between having no guards to work with and having to play against a Miami team which has to be angry it was just beaten by a bad Detroit outfit, things probably aren’t going to be going well in the Windy City. Chicago might have ended the Heat’s long winning streak last year, but it is going to be in a world of hurt in this game. Miami 98 – Chicago 84
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