LeBron James is expected to play in Friday night's game at AmericanAirlines Arena after participating in a shoot around, as the Miami Heat (22-8) prepare to host the Chicago Bulls (17-13).
The opening tip scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
James averaged 31.8 points per game in four meetings against the Bulls a year ago, but Miami tallied a disappointing 1-3 against-the-spread (ATS) record in those contests.
Let's take a closer look at this Eastern Conference showdown from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total along the way.
The Chicago Bulls have alternated wins and losses over their last four games—coming off a 96-94 victory over the Orlando Magic as three-point road favorites Wednesday.
Sports bettors will find that the Bulls are 7-1 on the road against Eastern Conference opponents, but have gone 0-2 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points.
The Miami Heat have won back-to-back games since suffering a two-game losing streak, but have failed to cover the spread in that span.
Offensively, the team has scored 100 or more points in 15-of-17 games at AmericanAirlines Arena, but the UNDER is 5-2 when playing as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points this season.
I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their pro basketball picks Friday night, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this Eastern Conference series.
NBA Pick: Under 191
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