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#1567 Miami Heat vs.
#1568 Chicago Bulls
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 8:10pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by Jordy

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The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will both be looking to bounce back from ugly road losses in Saturday’s showdown featuring two of the Eastern Conference’s best. A defensive meltdown from the Bulls led to the Houston Rockets upsetting them at the Toyota Center for their second win of the season on Wednesday. Things haven’t been any better for the Heat, either. They failed to cover as favorites in a surprising 113-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, while the Bulls bounced back in a blowout win over the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Sloppy play gets the Heat beat

Miami turned the ball over 21 times against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Good luck beating anyone at this level playing hot potato with the basketball.

The Bulls are an opportunistic defensive team averaging a eighth-best 8.6 steals per game. So they’ll be looking to force turnovers and beat the Heat in the fastbreak transitions. That was the quickest way to victory for the Timberwolves, and it only makes sense for Chicago to dish out a similar poison.

Miami remains one of the best defensive teams in the league, and that’ll greatly be tested against a Bulls team that has ascended all the way to the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago has the dominant big man in the paint and the talented defender/3-point shooter, along with a couple more All-Stars averaging 20-plus points per game.

But even with all of that talent, they still lost to the Houston Rockets.

Miami’s defense will take care of itself, but they need Jimmy Butler to step up and be better offensively against his former team. Kyle Lowry also has to do better than the seven points he scored against the Wolves.

Back-to-back losses a bad look for the Bulls

Boy, the Houston Rockets sure did pick a weird time to get hot.

The celebration was full-blown in the aftermath of their 118-113 victory over the Bulls in a game where they went 17-of-36 from 3-point range. That game following Chicago’s 32-point blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers was a bad look.

It was bad enough for them to take out their frustrations on the Orlando Magic.

They'll try to turn the Heat away empty-handed on Saturday night. The defensive effort from the Bulls has been dominant at the United Center with opponents averaging only 43.8 percent shooting and 102.8 points per game. They aren’t giving up anything at home.

But they also aren’t getting enough offensively at times.

The shooting percentage for the Bulls dips at home, and they’re getting absolutely pounded on the glass. Only the Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons are averaging less rebounds than them this season. It’s a serious problem for the Bulls, and it’ll continue to be one if Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan don’t blow up the scoreboard in this matchup.

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The Bulls were seething after a disappointing road loss against a one-win Rockets team, and then they proceeded to take out those frustrations on the Orlando Magic. That was the kind of loss that makes teams look in the mirror. Chicago will still like what it sees right now with so much talent staring back at them.

The Heat have a tendency of beating themselves with bad turnovers and constant foul trouble. Being on the road will also continue to take some of the wind out of their sails. They’ve definitely hit an offensive road block with the team averaging 100.3 points in their last three outings away from their home building.

If the Minnesota Timberwolves can drop 113 points on the Heat, you better believe the Bulls are going to cause some serious offensive headaches with their bevy of weapons on the floor. Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan will steal the show in this game as the Bulls roll to a victory. Give me the points.

Prediction: Chicago Bulls (+1.5)

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Miami’s offensive mojo hasn’t been there for them on this road trip. The team is barely averaging 100 points in their last three outings. Chicago’s defense tends to slump on the road, but things tighten significantly whenever they’re playing at the United Center. Such will continue to be the case in Saturday’s game against the Heat. Miami loves to take their sweet time with their possessions. So this defensive battle will likely end as a low-scoring affair. There’s too much defensive talent for it to end any differently. Give me the under in this one.

Prediction: Under (212)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast, and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys, and all the Sun Drop you can drink.