Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 13, 2023

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors

After a sensational win in Toronto, the Chicago Bulls head to Florida to play the Miami Heat on Friday night to determine the Easter Conference’s eighth seed.

April 14, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
American Airlines Arena
Pointspread +5 -107
Moneyline +165
Over / Under o +209


Betting Action


Pointspread -5 -115
Moneyline -195
Over / Under u +209


Betting Action


Suffice it to say that Chicago pulled victory from the dinosaur jaws of defeat in Toronto on Wednesday. In contrast, the Heat need to pick up the slack. This is their second chance to reach the postseason following a dismal performance against Atlanta on Tuesday.

Vegas has Miami as -5.5 favourites on the NBA odds, most likely because they’re at home and have more playoff experience. The total is set at 208.5.

Bulls vs. Heat NBA Betting Odds

The Heat’s status as favourites may raise eyebrows given that Chicago swept the regular season series 3-0. One contest was decided by only eight points, but the other two by over ten points. The Bulls greatly nullified Miami’s already mediocre offence in the trio of tilts. Erik Spoelstra’s men couldn’t muster more than 108 in any and scored less than 100 in one.

Chicago isn’t a stranger to the postseason. They made it to the first round last year when they were bulldozed by the Milwaukee Bucs 4-1. After surprising the favourites in Game 1, Giannis and company tamed the Bulls with ease. Single games can be terrifyingly unpredictable, as evidenced by the Bulls’ wins over Memphis a few weeks ago and the elimination of the Raps in the first play-in game.

The strangest element to Miami’s performance against the Hawks was that they came into the play-in tournament with a decent amount of momentum. They captured four of their five remaining regular season opponents, including a brilliant victory in Philadelphia against the 76ers. They had also largely dominated the season series with Atlanta. It was only a year ago that the Heat played Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, so it’s not like they can’t pull this off.

Chicago Bulls

Perhaps it was unfair to be so convinced Toronto would win. Playoff games – or whatever the play-in is – favour clubs playing in front of their fans. Toronto also clung to some 2019 championship magic.

The truth of the matter is that both squads were streaky all season. Look no further than Chicago’s 40-42 record and Toronto’s 41-41 win-loss tally. It was therefore fitting that the contest itself would play out in such a matter. The host Raps looked fantastic for 24 minutes. They were up 58-47 at the break, thanks to a Hail Mary Fred VanVleet three as the buzzer rang. The lead ballooned to 19 at one point, but Zach LaVine and former Raptor DeMar DeRozan would not go down. DeRozan reminded Toronto fans of the dunks he used to impress them with and LaVine went out of his mind 39 points. Jumpers, three-point shots, free throws, it didn’t matter. Speaking of free throws, Toronto was an abysmal 18-for-36. An unforgivable stat and Toronto was justifiably left unforgiven, as the Bulls won 109-105.

Miami Heat

While it might be a stretch to describe the Heat’s performance against the Hawks in the first play-in game as “unforgivable,” it certainly wasn’t good enough to win. At least they have a second crack at the play-in can.

The worst part was that they finished the regular season with a stellar 27-14 home-court record, whereas the Hawks were a pedestrian 17-24 away from Georgia. The only lead Miami held was after they scored the opening bucket of the game to make it 2-0. Atlanta took what it wanted in the paint, outscoring the hosts 64-46 on the night. Rebounding was disastrous as well, with the Hawks winning that battle by a whopping 63-39. It was the ultimate team effort by Atlanta. Trae Young wasn’t all that special (25 points, 1-for-8 from distance) but Dejounte Murray, (18 points)  Saddiq Bey (17 points) and three more players reached at least 10 points. Kyle Lowry (33 points) kept giving fans hope, but it wasn’t enough. Heat cool off, 116-105.

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