|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAIn what is seen by many as a very likely matchup come the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat travel to the United Center in Chicago to face the Bulls tonight at 9:30 ET.
The game can be seen on ESPN as the second half of a doubleheader.
The Heat are coming off a discouraging loss to their intrastate rival Orlando Magic last night. After leading by 14 points at the half, they failed to execute down the stretch and lost 104-98 in overtime. Native Chicagoan Dwyane Wade had 28 points in that one and Chris Bosh contributed with 23. LeBron James however, scored only 19, total, with a mere 2 points after the third quarter.
That being said, "The King" is averaging 32.7 in his last three games against Chicago. It was Miami's second overtime game in a row, having beat the Indiana Pacers 93-91 on Saturday. The Heat, with an overall record of 31-10, trail the Bulls by 2.5 games for the Eastern Conference lead and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. They are 13-8 away from South Beach.
The 35-9 Bulls hope to have Luol Deng back after missing the past two games with soreness in his wrist. They will most likely be without Rip Hamilton again and C.J. Watson as well. Even without Deng, Chicago has won its last two and nine of its last ten. They own the leagues third best home record at 17-3, behind tonight's opponent and the Western Conference Oklahoma Thunder. On Monday, the Bulls beat the suddenly listless Knicks 104-99. Derrick Rose scored 32 points and was assesed a $25,000 fine for criticizing the officiating.
Its always worth the price of admission when the two Chicagoans D-Wade and D-Rose compete against each other. The last time these two powerhouses met, the Heat emerged victorious 97-93 with James netting 35 points and Rose putting in 34 for Chicago. According to our sportsbook site, the Bulls are a 2.5 point favorite at home if you are willing to lay down $110 to win $100. For $110 more, you can bet the over/under at 191.