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Bulls host the Miami Heat: Eastern Conference Finals Game 2

Chicago is a 2-point favorite at SBG with a total of 181.5.The Chicago Bulls will look to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals as they host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.  The Bulls played a great game on Sunday as they routed Miami 103-82.  The Bulls know they will get a much better effort from Miami on Wednesday and that they need to be ready.

Chicago is a 2-point favorite at SBG with a total of 181.5.

The Miami Heat might have overlooked the Chicago Bulls a little bit in Game 1 on Sunday. The Heat had just gotten past a big hurdle as they eliminated their nemesis the Boston Celtics in five games.  Miami may not have been fully prepared to face a Chicago team that had beaten them three times in the regular season.  Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that the series win over Boston was a big accomplishment. His team seemed to feel the same way because they did not play Game 1 against the Bulls like it was the Eastern Conference finals.

Miami is saying all the right things after Game 1 as it was just one loss and the margin of victory by the Bulls doesn’t matter. The problem for Miami is that they really don’t match up well with Chicago.  Luol Deng plays defense very well against LeBron James and the Heat really don’t have anyone who can guard Derrick Rose. Miami didn’t have those issues against Boston. And Miami may have forgotten that the Bulls had the best record in the NBA and that the Bulls have a head coach in Tom Thibodeau who knows how to devise a defense to stop them.  The Bulls were very good in Game 1 and if they continue to play great defense the Heat are in trouble in this series.

Here are the betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Heat are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Heat are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 playoff games as an underdog. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The home team in this series is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the Heat are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.

The Over is 6-1 in Miami’s last 7 overall. The Over is 9-3 in Miami’s last 12 games as a road underdog.  In this series, the Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and overall in this series the Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

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