Bulls vs Heat Prediction - NBA Picks 12/16/23

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

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Kaseya Center)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Bulls travel to the Kaseya Center to take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night. Here's a Bulls vs Heat prediction.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have been in great form as they've won five of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after outlasting the Heat in a 124-116 road win on Thursday. Coby White led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists, Nikola Vucevic and Ayo Dosunmu each scored 24 points while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 23 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Heat from the start and opened the game with a 33-8 run before they held off a late rally from the Heat to escape with the narrow win on the road. The Bulls are 10-16 in the Eastern Conference and have the same number of wins as the Atlanta Hawks (10-14).

Chicago Bulls Player Facts

  • Nikola Vucevic ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.6) this season.
  • Coby White ranks 11th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.2) this season.

Miami Heat

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in decent form with four wins in their last seven games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting beaten by the Bulls on Thursday. Jaime Jacquez Jr. led the team in scoring with 22 points off the bench, Jimmy Butler added 20 points with seven rebounds and seven assists while Caleb Martin and Kyle Lowry each scored 17 points. As a team, the Heat shot 46 percent from the field and 15 of 34 from the 3-point line as they were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing the Bulls to jump out to an early 25-point lead. The Heat are 7th in the East with a 14-11 record, just ahead of the Brooklyn Nets (13-11).

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Duncan Robinson ranks T4th amongst qualified Forwards for three-pointers made Per Game (3.1) this season.
  • Kyle Lowry ranks 13th amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.2%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Heat rank 1st in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.1).
  • The Heat rank 1st in the league for three-point percentage this season (39.2%).
  • The Bulls rank 1st in the league for turnovers per game this season (11.8).
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.6).

Bulls vs Heat prediction

The Bulls are shorthanded again with Zach LaVine out and Alex Caruso listed as questionable, while the Heat are still missing Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. The Bulls come into this meeting as the team in better shape and they were good enough to beat the Heat on Thursday, but we could easily be looking at a different result if the Bulls didn't open with that 33-8 run. The Heat were the better team for the rest of the contest and I think they bounce back at home.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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