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NBA Playoff Picks: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat, Game 2

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 8, 2013

NBA Playoff Picks: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat, Game 2

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    The Miami Heat are 2-0 against the spread after opening a playoff series with a loss since the arrival of MVP LeBron James, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Wednesday as they take on the Chicago Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are 12-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 187 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Chicago Bulls

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    The Chicago Bulls came away with a 93-86 series-opening victory over the Miami Heat as 12.5-point road underdogs on Monday, with point guard Nate Robinson scoring a game-high 27 points.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Bulls are 6-11 straight up and against the spread off an upset win as an underdog since the start of the 2012-13 regular season. 

Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat have won 14 of 15 games as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points since the start of the regular season, with the UNDER going 9-5-1 in that situation.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Heat are 8-4 against the spread in the second round of the NBA playoffs. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Miami Heat as one of their NBA playoff picks on Wednesday, as they've covered the number in their last six games following a straight-up loss.

    NBA Pick: Miami Heat -12

     

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