Nov 26, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) and forward Javonte Green (24) celebrate after a shot in the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
The Bulls and the Heat meet on Saturday, November 27th
Chicago is a 1.5-point home underdog
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Two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams will battle it out on Saturday, November 27th when the Miami Heat visit the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm ET.
Miami has taken a bit of a slide lately, going 5-5 in their last 10 games and most recently losing two of three. The Minnesota Timberwolves beat them on Wednesday night. Chicago meanwhile, broke a two-game losing skid on Friday as they took down the lowly Orlando Magic.
This is the first meeting between the two teams this season, but the Heat went 2-1 against the Bulls last year.
Heat vs Bulls Odds
Ov 212 (-110)
Un 212 (-110)
Odds as of November 26th at Fanduel
Miami Looking to Finish Road Trip on High Note
The Heat have been one of the best squads on both ends of the floor this season, ranking sixth in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating.
However, Erik Spoelstra’s group is thriving a lot more on home court, posting a 6-1 record this season. On the road though, Miami has looked sluggish, going just 6-6. Those struggles continued on Wednesday against a red-hot Minnesota team.
The Heat ended up losing 113-101 and were very sloppy at times. Miami committed a dismal 21 turnovers which translated into 25 points for Anthony Edwards and Co. while allowing the Timberwolves to go on an 11-2 run to finish the game.
Offensively, the Heat weren’t exactly awful, but there wasn’t a standout performer who really took charge.
Five different players dropped double-digits, but Jimmy Butler only had 16 points. Tyler Herro collected 16 as well and Bam Adebayo poured in a team-high 18.
Kyle Lowry’s cold night really hurt though, scoring just seven points and dishing out five assists. He is usually a huge piece of the offense, especially from a playmaking standpoint but the veteran simply didn’t bring it.
Back to work. pic.twitter.com/NBseWKVEuz
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 26, 2021
Spoelstra’s squad were also outplayed inside. Minnesota outrebounded them 52-40 (15-4 on offensive boards) and outscored Miami 40-28 in the paint. All in all, the Heat must bounce back on Saturday and be a lot more physical.
This will be the last contest of their four-game road trip, where they’ve gone 1-2 so far. We know exactly what Miami is capable of but it’s a matter of finding that same fire when their home fans aren’t in the stands.
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Statement Win For Bulls
Chicago’s back-to-back losses to the Pacers then Rockets were definitely concerning, especially because Houston was on a 15-game losing skid themselves. But, the Bulls responded with authority on Friday, destroying the Magic, 123-88.
Billy Donovan’s team was absolutely lights out in this contest, shooting a ridiculous 56% from the field and 50% from downtown. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine set the tone once again, both dropping 23 and 21 points, respectively. Coby White, who just recently returned from injury, really had a nice game as well, adding 20 points in just 23 minutes of action.
Although Orlando is one of the worst organizations in the NBA, Chicago went to absolute work and embarrassed them. The ball movement was tremendous, dishing out 32 assists and finding countless open looks. Lonzo Ball dished out six dimes and also made it rain from long range, going 4-for-7.
DeMar with the scoop! @NBCSChicago | @DeMar_DeRozan pic.twitter.com/QHRU0GnEL7
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 27, 2021
This was a victory the Bulls needed very badly. After all, they lost by 32 to Indiana before the forgettable performance against the Rockets. The only way to put that in the rearview mirror would’ve been to destroy the Magic.
Chi-Town’s defense was impressive as well, holding their opponents to a dismal 22% clip from three-point land and 38% from the field overall.
Miami is going to be a much more difficult task, but Chicago will be looking to carry the momentum right into Saturday as they begin a quick two-game homestand. The Bulls are also 6-3 at the United Center this season.
Heat vs Bulls Prediction
There’s a case to be made for both teams here. Miami is going to be hungry for a win after a shaky performance in Detroit where they barely beat the Pistons followed by a loss to the Timberwolves.
However, the Bulls aren’t just coming off a victory. It was absolute obliteration. Between the Heat’s poor play on the road and Chicago’s impressive 12-7 record ATS, the pick is clear.
Pick: Chicago Bulls +1.5 (-110)