The Chicago Bulls (24-50) go on the road to take on the Miami Heat (40-35) on Thursday at 7:30 PM ET. These two teams will meet up for the first time since January 15th 2018, a 119-111 Chicago Bulls victory (Markkanen fastest ever to 100 made 3s).
Miami won their last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98 – 79; Cavs: 36.8 pct. FG, season low in pts.. The Heat enter this contest with a 6-4 record in their last 10 games and a 23-13 mark at home. Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 19 points in their last game against the cavaliers. He went 7-of-9 from the field, for a 77.8% field goal percentage; 2/5 from the line, 3/4 from three-point range. In 25 minutes, Olynyk’s stat line came out to 19 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 threes with 1 turnover.
The Heat have climbed the rankings this season in blocks per game (#7), defensive rebounds per game (#14) and three point percentage (#15). They struggle in points per game (#24), free throw percentage (#24) and offensive rebounds per game (#21).
HEAT BETTING TRENDS
The Heat have played 7 games during the last two weeks. In that time, their win-loss record is 4-3 with an average point differential of 4.7. Their record against the spread is 5-2, with an average pre-game line of -0.6 and an average 4.1 against the spread.
The Heat and their opponents’ final score has beaten the Over/Under 4 times, while falling under 3 times. The Over/Under lines have averaged 214.4 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of 4.6.
Chicago is in the middle of a 6 game losing streak, after their loss to the Houston Rockets, 118 – 86; Gordon: 31 points; Harden rests. The Bulls have a 2-8 record during their last 10-game stretch and are 9-28 in away games this season. Lauri Markkanen finished the game with a team-high 22 points against their last opponent, the rockets. He shot 53.3% from the field, making 8 of his 15 attempts (4/5 from the line, 2/6 from three-point range). Markkanen ended up with 22 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block and 2 threes with 5 turnovers in 27 minutes.
The Bulls have climbed the rankings this season in defensive rebounds per game (#8), assists per game (#9) and turnovers per game (#10). The team needs work on field goal percentage (#30), blocks per game (#30) and points per game (#25).
BULLS BETTING TRENDS
In the last 7 games, the Bulls have gone 1-6 with an average point differential of -17.4. Against the spread, their record is 2-5, with an average pre-game line of 8.4 and an average -9.1 against the spread.
They have beat the Over/Under 5 times in this two-week span, while falling under 2 times. The Bulls’ Over/Under lines have averaged 216.4 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of 1.
Hassan Whiteside is the top fantasy basketball player for the Heat with a season average of 35.36 fantasy points per game. He has averaged 14.3 PTS, 11.8 REB, 1 AST, 0.7 STL and 1.7 BLK with 1.8 TO. Goran Dragic has an average of 30.35 fantasy points per game on the season. He’s averaging 17.4 PTS, 4 REB, 4.9 AST, 0.8 STL and 0.2 BLK with 2.2 TO for the 2017-2018 season.
Kris Dunn is the best player on the Bulls team from a fantasy basketball perspective, with 32.16 fantasy points per game. He’s averaged 13.4 PTS, 4.3 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 0.5 BLK and 2.9 TO this season.
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