Bulls vs. Heat prediction and odds for Thursday, Dec. 14 (Bet the Over)

A full betting preview of Thursday night's matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat.
Nov 20, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) brings the ball up court
Nov 20, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) brings the ball up court / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls will look to snap their two-game losing streak tonight in South Beach against the Miami Heat. Both teams have split the first two games of their four-game season set, with the Heat winning the latest matchup on Nov. 20 by 18 points.

The Bulls have noticeably struggled on the road this season (2-9), but the hope is that they can get it together against a Heat team that has some flaws. Chicago opened 5.5-point road underdogs, but that number has moved to 3.5.

Here are the odds and our best bet for Chicago-Miami:

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Bulls vs. Heat odds, spread and total

Bulls vs. Heat how to watch

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 14
  • Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Kaseya Center
  • How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports Sun, NBC Sports Chicago
  • Bulls Record: 9-16
  • Heat Record: 14-10

Bulls vs. Heat injury reports

Chicago Bulls injury report

  • Alex Caruso – Questionable
  • Zach LaVine – Out

Miami Heat injury report

  • Not yet submitted

Bulls vs. Heat key players to watch

Chicago Bulls

Coby White: With LaVine still out, the Bulls need players like White to continue to step up. The former first-round pick has played well in two games against the Heat this season. White is averaging 17 points, four assists, and four rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 50% from the field and 44.4% from deep. The Bulls will depend on White’s 3-point shooting tonight, as Miami allows opponents to convert at a 38% clip (24th in the NBA).

Miami Heat

Duncan Robinson: Robinson has brought a much-needed offensive spark, with the Heat still missing Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. The 29-year-old sharpshooter has scored 20 or more points in three out of his last four games. He’s also shot 41.2% from three-point range on 8.5 attempts per game. When these two teams last played each other, Robinson dropped 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 from deep.

Bulls vs. Heat prediction and pick

Chicago enters tonight’s game on a two-game losing streak, but those losses came against the Nuggets and Bucks. The Bulls haven’t played their best basketball away from the United Center this season (2-9), losing eight out of their last nine games. The only win was against the Spurs on Dec. 8 (121-112).

The Bulls have struggled to defend the 3-point line on the road (39%) and are ranked 23rd in DRtg (116.6) this season. However, they are playing a Heat squad that struggles to defend the 3-point line, which is a good spot for White and others.

As for the Heat, they’ve lost two out of their last three games at home to the Cavaliers and the Pacers. Miami recently picked up a two-game sweep over the Hornets, so they have a little bit of positive momentum heading into tonight. The Heat are only 3-5 against the spread as home favorites this season, but the Bulls are 3-6 ATS as road underdogs.

Therefore, if I had to make a play for this game, I’d take the OVER. The total points scored in their first two meetings were 199 and 218. However, the total has gone OVER in four out of the Bulls’ last five games. Chicago doesn’t play at a fast pace but has allowed 114.6 points per game in its past five contests.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.