Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat Prediction, 10/19/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Location: FTX Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+5)
The Chicago Bulls are traveling to FTX Arena on Wednesday where they will attempt to beat the Miami Heat. Chicago opens this game as 5-point dogs. The betting total is set at 217.
The Bulls took the court against the Bucks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 116-100 in their last game of last season. Concerning fouls, the Bulls ended up with 18 while the Bucks finished the game with 13 fouls. They also made 14 of 36 shots from three-point range. Milwaukee shot 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 20 attempts. Furthermore, Milwaukee collected 51 boards (7 offensive, 44 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Milwaukee doled out 23 dimes and had 10 steals in the game. With regard to defense, Chicago allowed 49.4% from the field on 43 out of 87 shooting. They also distributed 24 assists in this matchup while forcing 16 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In regard to rebounding, they collected 37 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Bulls converted 7 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 63.6%. Chicago finished having earned a 42.4% FG percentage (39 of 92) and made 15 of their 52 shots from distance.
Nikola Vucevic is one guy who had an impact in this game. Vucevic went 53.3% from the floor and also earned 6 dimes. He was on the court for 37 mins played and pulled down 16 boards. He was able to score 19 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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Chicago enters this contest after finishing with a mark of 46-36 last season. They had an average of 111.6 points per game (13th in the league) while hitting 48.0% from the floor. The Bulls shot 36.9% on shots from downtown (872 of 2,364) and 81.3% from the charity stripe. As a squad, Chicago grabbed 42.3 rebounds per game and totaled 1,958 assists last season, which ranked 19th in the NBA in terms of passing. They gave up possession 12.8 times per contest and as a unit committed 18.8 personal fouls per contest.
When they were on defense, the Bulls forced 13.1 turnovers per game and they drew 18.2 fouls. They were 17th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 2,049 relinquished last year. The Bulls gave up a FG percentage of 47.4% (3,397 of 7,170) and they conceded 43.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They relinquished 36.6% on shots from distance and they ranked 17th in the league in PPG allowed (112.0).
In their last game of last season, the Heat took a loss by a score of 100-96 against the Celtics. The Heat collected 37 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 44 for this game. They gave up possession 8 times, while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Celtics earned 26 fouls for this contest which got the Heat to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 66.7%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Miami buried 6 of 30 attempts (20.0%). Overall, the Heat ended up shooting 37 for 88 from the field which had them at 42.0%. The Heat permitted the Celtics to convert 35 out of their 85 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.2% in this game. They finished 34.4% from 3-point land by going 11 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 24 from the free throw line (79.2%). When discussing team rebounding, Miami allowed Boston to grab 51 in all (10 offensive).
Jimmy Butler was important for the Heat for this game. He buried 13 out of 24 for this contest for a rate of 54.2%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. Butler tallied 35 points in his 48 minutes on the court and accounted for 1 assist in this matchup.
Miami had a win-loss mark of 53-29 last year. The Heat were responsible for committing 20.5 fouls every game and they went 80.8% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 25.5 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they coughed up possession 14.6 times per contest. Miami had 9,022 points last year (110.0 per game) and they pulled down 43.7 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Heat hit 46.7% from the field, which was ranked 13th in basketball.
The Heat on the defensive end were ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 105.6. They forced 15.0 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 44.7% from the floor (4th in the league). The Miami defense allowed 33.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (1,064 of 3,138) and opponents made 77.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquished 23.3 assists and 41.7 boards per game, which had them ranked 4th and 2nd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+5)
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