The Miami Heat (16-15) host the Chicago Bulls (11-18) at FTX Arena, tipping off at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. The Bulls are 3-point underdogs in the game. The matchup’s over/under is 221.5.
How to bet Heat vs. Bulls
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with sportsbooks listing the Heat as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Heat have -153 odds to pick up the win, while the Bulls are listed at +129 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 221.5 points.
Heat vs. Bulls Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Miami, Florida
- Arena: FTX Arena
Heat vs. Bulls Betting Trends
The Heat have played 31 games, with 10 wins against the spread. Miami has been victorious in 14, or 63.6%, of the 22 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Heat games this year have eclipsed the over/under 51.7% of the time (15 out of 29 games with a set point total).
Against the spread, the Bulls are 13-16-0 this year. Chicago is 6-12 in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 33.3% of those games). Bulls games this season have gone over the total in 13 of 29 opportunities (44.8%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Heat: Dewayne Dedmon: Probable (Foot), Jimmy Butler: Probable (Right Knee), Caleb Martin: Questionable (Ankle), Udonis Haslem: Questionable (Achilles), Kyle Lowry: Questionable (Knee), Gabe Vincent: Out (Knee), Omer Yurtseven: Out (Ankle)
Bulls: Javonte Green: Questionable (Right Knee), Lonzo Ball: Out (Knee)
What you need to know about the Miami Heat
Because of Miami’s offensive struggles this year, ranking second-worst in the NBA with 108.1 points per game, it has been forced to lean on its defense, which ranks fifth-best in the league by ceding 109 points per game. In home games, the Heat are putting up 4.2 more points per game (110.3) than they are in away games (106.1). In their last 10 games, the Heat have been racking up 107.5 points per game, an average that’s a little lower than the 108.1 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
Miami ranks 11th in the NBA with 12.4 treys per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 23rd with a 34.3% shooting percentage from three-point land. Of the shots attempted by the Heat in 2022-23, 57.9% of them have been two-pointers (68.1% of the team’s made baskets) and 42.1% have been from beyond the arc (31.9%).
What you need to know about the Chicago Bulls
With 113.2 points scored per game and 115.1 points allowed, Chicago is 15th in the NBA on offense and 19th defensively. The Bulls are putting up fewer points at home (112.7 per game) than away (113.7). The Bulls have fared better offensively over their past 10 games, averaging 115.7 points per contest, 2.5 more than their season average of 113.2.
Beyond the arc, Chicago is fifth-worst in the league in 3-pointers made per game (10.6). It is ranked 11th in 3-point percentage at 36.5%. The Bulls attempt 33.1% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 66.9% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 25.1% of the Bulls’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 74.9% are 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Heat, and we expect that Bulls will cover the spread (Heat -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 221.5 points.
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