Bulls vs Heat Prediction - NBA Picks 12/14/23

Miami Heat (13-10) vs Chicago Bulls (9-16)

Game Info: Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Kaseya Center)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -5.5 -- Over/Under: 217 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the Miami Heat at the Kaseya Center on Thursday night. Here's a Bulls vs Heat prediction.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls look to have cooled off from their four-game win streak as they are now looking to avoid a third straight defeat after getting beaten by the Nuggets in a 114-106 loss on Tuesday. Coby White led the team with 27 points and eight assists on eight of 15 shooting, Nikola Vucevic added 26 points with 16 rebounds and five assists while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 14 points and five assists. As a team, the Bulls shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 40 from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense early on and fell behind right away and things only got worse in the third quarter where they leaked 35 points to fall behind by 16 points.

Chicago Bulls Player Facts

  • Nikola Vucevic ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.5) this season.
  • Coby White ranks 10th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.2) this season.

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Miami Heat

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last six games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after beating the Hornets in a 115-104 home win last night. Duncan Robinson led the team with 23 points on seven of 11 shooting, Kyle Lowry and Jaime Jacquez Jr scored 17 points each while Jimmy Butler tallied 15 points with 10 assists. As a team, the Heat shot 47 percent from the field and 15 of 30 from the 3-point line as they poured in 34 points in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead into halftime, before they exploded for 35 points in the third quarter to push the lead out to 21 points.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Heat rank T1st in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.0).
  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.3).
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.6).
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for Q1 points per game this season (25.1).

Bulls vs Heat prediction

The Bulls are shorthanded with Zach LaVine still out and Alex Caruso listed as questionable, while the Heat are still without Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro once again. The Heat would be the heavy favorites here if they had their full team, but they're still missing some key players, so I actually like the Bulls' chances in this one. You can make an argument for either side, but I'm expecting a close one, so I'll take the Bulls with the points here.

Peter’s Pick Chicago +5.5

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