Heat vs. Bulls Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Andrew Rogers | Updated Mar 12, 2021

Lauri Markkanen, who had been out since Feb. 5 with a shoulder contusion, poured in 23 points in 28 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday and he looked every bit as dangerous as he was prior to the injury.

Miami
40-32
AT
March 12, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
31-41
Pointspread -2 -115
Moneyline -140
Over / Under o +223

88%

Betting Action

12%

Pointspread +2 -105
Moneyline +120
Over / Under u +223

88%

Betting Action

12%

The Chicago Bulls not only blew a chance to pick up a win against a severely shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers team – they were steamrolled in the process. And things don’t get any easier Friday as they host a Miami Heat team that looked impressive in a home win over Orlando on Thursday. The Heat are slight favourites to win on the NBA odds for Friday’s showdown with the Bulls, who were trounced 127-105 Thursday by a 76ers team missing Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Miami has proven to be a trustworthy road favourite in recent games, boasting a 4-1 record against the spread in their previous five road games. And the Heat have used stifling defence to make bettors’ dreams come true, limiting opponents to an average of 96 points in those successful covers. They have the overwhelming faith of Sports Interaction respondents, who are siding with the visitors to cover at a whopping 89 per cent majority.

The total lean is even more one-sided, with 91 per cent of participants taking the O221.5 (which carries identical -110 odds as the U221.5). Chicago has gone above the total in four of its past five games (with an identical 4-1 O/U record in its last five at United Center), but these teams have converted the Under in 13 of their last 20 meetings. Chicago is one of the top Over teams in the East at 20-15 O/U, while Miami comes in at 17-20 O/U for the season.

Miami Heat

The Heat will once again be without star centre Bam Adebayo, who will miss his third game in a row with a knee injury. And in Adebayo’s absence, Kelly Olynyk has stepped up to provide significant contributions in the frontcourt. Olynyk is averaging 19 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 rebounds over his past two games, and put up a 20-7-2 stat line in Thursday’s triumph over Orlando. Jimmy Butler also starred last time out, leading the way with 27 points, 11 assists and eight boards.

Chicago Bulls

There weren’t many positives to take from that 22-point loss to Philadelphia on Thursday, but the return of Lauri Markkanen was certainly a welcome development. Markkanen, who had been out since Feb. 5 with a shoulder contusion, poured in 23 points in 28 minutes and looked every bit as dangerous as he was prior to the injury. Markkanen helps shore up a frontcourt that has been ravaged by injuries, contributing to Chicago’s 16-19 start to the season.

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