Thursday, April 7, 2016
American Airlines Arena
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The Chicago Bulls travel to American Airlines Arena to play the Miami Heat on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The opening line for this game has Miami as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 206.
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The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 39-39 and a road record of 15-24. They are 4th in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.7 as they are averaging 101.2 points per game while giving up 102.9 per contest. Chicago is 9-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 23-26. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Heat have an overall record of 45-32 and a home record of 26-13. They currently are 2nd in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 99.8 points per game and surrendering 98.3, good for a point differential of 1.5. Miami has a division record of 9-5 and a conference record of 28-19. In their last 10 games they are 6-4.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 21 points per game while playing 37.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Derrick Rose averages 16.5 points per game in 31.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.8 assists per contest and 3.4 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Dwyane Wade averages 19.2 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 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 79%. Goran Dragic averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.7 rebounds per contest and 5.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Chicago averages 101.2 points per contest this season which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 55.1 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per game which ranks them 3rd and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 14 per game. The Bulls allow 102.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 54.6 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
Miami averages 99.8 points per game this year which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 4th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 25th in the NBA. They average 52 rebounds per game and 21 assists per contest which ranks them 16th and 22nd respectively. In the turnover department the Heat rank 15th with 14.2 per game. The Heat allow 98.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 14th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.2 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 20.3 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 101.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 94.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -5.3 per contest. The Bulls have an offensive rating of 104.3 and a defensive rating of 106. In terms of pace they average 95.9 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 24% of their shots. Chicago turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 10.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Heat score 102.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 104 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 2.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 4.9 points per game. The Heat rating on offense is 105.7 and they have a defensive rating of 104.2. They get 93.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 22% of their shot attempts. Miami turns the ball over on 13.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 33-45-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 36-40-2 against the over/under
Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 40-36-1 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 32-45-0 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
04/06/16 G E'Twaun Moore Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. Miami
04/06/16 F Taj Gibson Ribs "?" Thursday vs. Miami
01/25/16 C Joakim Noah Shoulder out indefinitely
Miami Heat Injuries
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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