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Live Betting: Bulls Expect Derrick Rose in Big Game vs. Heat
The magic number for the Chicago Bulls to clinch the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference is seven, meaning that a win tonight for the Bulls over visiting Miami would all but sew up home-court advantage not only through the East playoffs but also against the West champion in the NBA Finals if Chicago gets there. There is live betting at Bovada’s NBA betting odds for this game.
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The big question here is whether Chicago star point guard Derrick Rose plays. He had missed 12 straight games with a groin injury before returning on Sunday in a loss to the Knicks. However, Rose injured an ankle in that game and missed Tuesday night’s home win over New York. Rose did want to play in that game but the Bulls erred on the side of caution.
Rose practiced fully Wednesday so it’s expected he will play tonight, although he’s officially a game-time decision. He missed the Heat’s only other visit to Chicago this season, a 106-102 Bulls win on March 14 in which third-string point guard John Lucas stole the show with 24 points. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 71 in that one.
The Bulls lead the Heat by three games in the East (two in the loss column) and the season series is tied at 1-1. So a win tonight not only gives the Bulls a four-game lead with seven to go for Chicago, it also would move the Bulls 2.5 games ahead of Oklahoma City for the best overall record in the NBA. Plus a victory here assures no worse than a tie in the season series with Miami – which is important for a potential tiebreaker – as the teams play next Thursday in south Florida.
The Heat don’t look right as they are just 5-5 in their past 10 games. They come in off one of their worst home efforts of the season, a 115-107 loss to Boston – the Celtics’ second dominating win over Miami in less than two weeks. Boston shot a season-high 61 percent on Tuesday. No team had shot better than 55 percent against the Heat this season, and Boston's 115 points were two shy of matching a season-high against Miami.
The Heat have lost three of their past four on the road. They are 1-4 ATS in their past five vs. a team with a winning record. The Bulls are the only undefeated team (19-0) when they score at least 100 points.
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