Tuesday, March 1, 2016
American Airlines Arena
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The Chicago Bulls travel to American Airlines Arena to play the Miami Heat on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The opening line for this game has Miami as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 30-28 and a road record of 11-17. They are 3rd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -0.8 as they are averaging 101.6 points per game while giving up 102.3 per contest. Chicago is 6-5 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 18-17. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Heat have an overall record of 33-26 and a home record of 18-12. They currently are 1st in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 96.9 points per game and surrendering 96.7, good for a point differential of 0.3. Miami has a division record of 8-4 and a conference record of 20-16. In their last 10 games they are 6-4.
Pau Gasol comes into this contest averaging 17 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 11.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%. Doug McDermott averages 9.2 points per game in 22.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.6 assists per contest and 2.4 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Dwyane Wade averages 19.1 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per contest this year for the Heat. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 4.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 77%. Goran Dragic averages 12.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.5 rebounds per contest and 5.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Chicago averages 101.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 56.6 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game which ranks them 2nd and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.1 per game. The Bulls allow 102.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.3 rebounds a game which ranks 29th and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
Miami averages 96.9 points per game this year which ranks them 29th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 51.9 rebounds per game and 20.3 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Heat rank 15th with 14.3 per game. The Heat allow 96.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 9th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.7 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. The Heat force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
The Bulls average 102 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 97.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -6 per contest. The Bulls have an offensive rating of 104 and a defensive rating of 104.7. In terms of pace they average 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they shoot 3 pointers on 23% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 10.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 47%.
The Heat score 99.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 99.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -0.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 2.9 points per game. The Heat rating on offense is 103.2 and they have a defensive rating of 102.9. They get 93.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 23% of their shot attempts. Miami turns the ball over on 13.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 23-35-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 30-27-1 against the over/under
Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 31-27-1 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 21-38-0 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
02/29/16 PG Derrick Rose Hamstring doubtful Tuesday vs. Miami
02/09/16 G Jimmy Butler Knee out indefinitely
01/27/16 F Nikola Mirotic Appendix out indefinitely
01/25/16 C Joakim Noah Shoulder out indefinitely
Miami Heat Injuries
02/24/16 G Beno Udrih Foot out for season
02/17/16 F Chris Bosh Blood Clot out indefinitely
02/01/16 G Tyler Johnson Shoulder out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Miami
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