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NBA Lines – Miami Heat Host Chicago Bulls

Posted by Brett Nielson on 5/24/2011 1:48:35 PM

The Chicago Bulls are hoping to turn the series around with a win versus the Miami Heat this NBA lines Tuesday.

(62-20) Chicago Bulls at (56-24) Miami Heat
Live from AmericanAirlines Arena – FL
Tipoff: 8:30 PM EST Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Broadcast: TNT

NBA Lines
Miami Heat -5.5
Chicago Bulls +5.5
Total 178.5

The Chicago Bulls have suddenly become the underdog in this NBA lines series with the Miami Heat.

After crushing the Heat by a margin of 103-82 in their first NBA lines series game, Chicago became th leading contender to win not only the series, but the NBA Championship as well.

During that matchup, it was not just MVP Derrick Rose who shined for the Bulls, but rather all-around team play that earned the victory. Sure, Rose did finish the game with 28 points, but two other starters also ended the game with double-digit scoring outputs.

Small forward Luoi Deng scored 21, power forward Carlos Boozer scored 14, and center Joakim Noah tallied 14 rebounds. The team as a whole ended the NBA lines game with a 47.6 shooting percentage from beyond the 3-point line.

Once that game was over, everything seemed done for the Miami Heat. They lost all three of their matches to Chicago during the regular season, and had just gotten dominated in their first series game.

But, to everyone’s surprise, the Heat turned the series around and are now the clear favorite. Though, their turnaround has been on the defensive side of the court rather than the offensive side.

Miami shut down their opposition to just 75 points in Game 2 of this series, and 85 points in Game 3. They have also eliminated Chicago’s point guard Derrick Rose from obtaining any considerable offense or gaining any sort of rhythm.

Rose has made only 15 field goals of his 42 attempts (35.7 percent) and one of his six 3-point attempts in his past two NBA lines games. As well, he has only tallied 42 point in those two games combined.

Additionally, the Heat have found ways to stop 6’11” center Joakim Noah from producing any sort of value for his team.

From his 14-rebound and 9-point game on May 15, Noah has seem his production decline to just 5 rebounds and 1 point in his last NBA lines match.

If the Miami Heat keep up this defensive pressure on the Chicago Bulls, they could wrap up this series in as little as five games.

Brett’s Prediction: Miami Heat: 97, Chicago Bulls: 89

Nielson Notice: Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh had a career game this Sunday, shooting 70.6 percent from the field, grabbing 9 rebounds and scoring 30 points.

NBA Lines Pick: Miami Heat (-5.5)

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