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#545 Chicago Bulls 212 vs.
#546 Miami Heat -7.5
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 6:05pm EST
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 Warriors

Zach 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.

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The Bulls are 4-7 on the road taking on a streaking Heat team that remains unbeaten at home. Before I make a prediction, it’s important to realize what kind of effort it would take for the Bulls to pull off a win in this game. They’d essentially have to waltz into American Airlines Arena and unseat one of the best defensive teams in the league with their second-worst offense.

Is that the team you’d really feel comfortable rolling the dice on?

The Bulls don’t offer much of a challenge on either side of the ball. Even without Dragic on the floor and the others banged up, Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn are capable of stepping up and aiding Butler in ways the Bulls haven’t been able to do for LaVine.

They couldn’t even slow down the Warriors in a game where D’Angelo Russell only mustered seven points of offense. The difficulty level is about to reach nosebleed heights for the Bulls on Sunday, and they’ll fall flat on their face again.

I’m laying the points and picking the Heat to come out on top.

Prediction: Miami Heat (-7.5)

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The Heat are averaging 108.7 points per game in their last three outings, and they’ll be facing a Bulls team that’s stingier than some realize on the defensive end of the floor. They are holding their opponents to an average 101.7 points in their last three games. Dragic being ruled out could have an impact on their scoring.

There’s also the possibility of the team not having Adebayo and Winslow as well. That’s a significant chunk of offense potentially being taken off the table ahead of this game. The Heat will still get the job done, but there could be some struggles. Give me the under betting total here.

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