Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Prediction, 4/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+5.5)
AmericanAirlines Arena is the site where and the Miami Heat (31-28) will play the Chicago Bulls (25-34) on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Miami as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 210.
The Chicago Bulls played the Charlotte Hornets and walked away with a win by a score of 108-91 in their last game. Chicago walked away from the contest with a 49.4% field goal percentage (43 of 87) and made 14 out of their 43 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Bulls buried 8 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 49 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 8 steals. With regard to the defense, Chicago allowed the other team to go 42.7% from the field on 35 out of 82 shooting. Charlotte distributed 30 assists and had 4 steals for this game. Moreover, Charlotte collected 39 boards (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Charlotte shot 76.5% when shooting free throws by burying 13 of 17 tries. They converted 8 out of their 31 attempts from long range.
Nikola Vucevic is a player who came through for this contest. He accumulated 18 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 28:43 minutes played and totaled 16 rebounds. Vucevic ended up shooting 61.5% from the floor and also totaled 6 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bulls was Coby White. He pulled down 3 rebounds in his 28:02 min on the basketball court. He walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the field in the matchup by going 7-of-10 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, White earned 3 assists.
Chicago will play this contest with a win-loss record of 25-34 so far this season. They average 111.8 points per game (18th in basketball) while going 47.9% from the floor. The Bulls are connecting on 36.8% on shots from 3-point land (735 of 1,997) and 80.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Chicago is collecting 44.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,582 assists so far this year, which ranks 3rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 15.5 times per game and as a unit they commit 19.1 personal fouls every game. Defensively, the Bulls are forcing 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. They give up 35.5% on 3-point shots and they are 19th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.9). The Bulls defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.6% (766 of 1,067) and they surrender 42.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 12th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,438 surrendered this season.
The last time they took the court, the Miami Heat walked away with a victory by a final of 107-87 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat were able to pull down 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for the game. They turned it over 7 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Spurs committed 15 personal fouls for this contest which took the Heat to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.0%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Miami converted 13 of their 31 tries (41.9%). Overall, the Heat ended up going 39 for 83 from the field which had them at 47.0%. The Heat allowed the Spurs to knock down 31 out of their 77 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.3% in the game. They finished 28.6% from distance by shooting 10 of 35 and finished the contest at 15 out of 20 at the free throw line (75.0%). When talking about rebounds, Miami allowed San Antonio to snag 38 in all (7 offensive).
Bam Adebayo ended up having an impact for the Heat in the matchup. He converted 8 out of 12 in the game giving him a rate of 66.7%, and had 8 rebounds. Adebayo tallied 23 points in his 31:22 mins on the hardwood and had 5 dimes in this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Miami was Jimmy Butler. He ended up walking away with 11 dimes in 34:14 mins played, and he shot 6 out of 13 from the floor. Butler finished going 46.2% from the field and also earning 18 points and 7 total rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss record of 31-28 for the year. As an offensive team, the Heat are hitting on 46.1% from the floor, which ranks 19th in the NBA. Miami has totaled 6,282 points for the season (106.5 per contest) and they grab 42.1 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 26.3 times per game (9th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest. The Heat are responsible for committing 19.0 fouls per contest and they hit 78.5% from the charity stripe. The Heat on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in the NBA in points allowed per game with 107.0. They have allowed 25.4 assists and 43.7 rebounds per contest, ranking them 20th and 14th in basketball. The Miami defense gives up 36.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (849 of 2,352) and their opponents are connecting on 78.7% of their foul shots. They are forcing 15.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 44.9% from the field (3rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+5.5)
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