When and where: December 8, 2019, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL, 6:00 PM ET
The Chicago Bulls will aim to be the first team to knock off the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena when the two Eastern Conference foes collide on Sunday. A win of that magnitude would serve as a much-needed pick-me-up after the Bulls lost at home to the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, the Heat looked excited to be back on their home floor after dropping a road loss to the Boston Celtics. They earned a 112-103 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday.
Bulls sink in a loss to the WarriorsZach LaVine dropped 21 points, six rebounds and six assists and none of it mattered as the Bulls were sunk in defeat by one of the worst teams in the league. Granted, the Warriors are without all of the key pieces that make them the Warriors, but it’s still tough for even a struggling team like Chicago to lose to a four-win team.
The Bulls could obviously make up for it with a big performance on Sunday against the Heat. It won’t be easy facing a top-10 defensive team with the league’s second-worst offense. The Bulls are limited in what they can do with LaVine serving as the team’s only reliable offensive weapon. Coby white is still a blossoming rookie, and Lauri Markkanen hasn’t played up to his capabilities. Perhaps the possibility of change is around the corner.
If change is coming for the Bulls, it’ll come on the defensive side of the ball with them ranking 12th in the league in efficiency. But even that match-up could turn lopsided with the Heat boasting 118.0 points per game at home.
Can the Heat remain unbeaten at home?The Heat steadily continue to win games in the shadows of the rest of the media darling teams, but there will come a time and place for people to pay attention to good the organization is doing. They have amassed a 9-0 home record at the American Airlines Arena after knocking off the Wizards on Thursday.
They’ll now turn their attention to the struggling Bulls in an effort to defend it.
The Bulls have been an absolute wreck on offense with the team averaging 106.0 points and a 42.6 field goal shooting percentage. Good luck finding any openings to get buckets against a Heat defense that ranks seventh in efficiency and points. They could have an even easier time defending a team like the Bulls that is so hell-bent on funneling all of their offense through one player.
On the other side of the floor, star guard Jimmy Butler is leading a rag tag group that also ranks 11th in offensive efficiency. The Heat are a scary team due to their ability to play two-way basketball—something the young Bulls have only dreamed of doing.
Goran Dragic has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game with an injury, while Bam Adebayo and Justice Winslow are both listed as questionable.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Bulls are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games.
- Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Heat are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS loss.
- Heat are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Heat are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite.
- Heat are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.