Bulls vs Heat Prediction & Same Game Parlay picks: Welcome to the DeMar DeRozan show at +1613 odds

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Like most Lithuanians, I started watching basketball from the age of six. I'm based out in London and played basketball at the University of Lincoln here in the UK. I had always had an interest in the NBA but things really took off in the summer of 2010. That year Linas Kleiza led Lithuania to 3rd place at the World Championships and signed with the Toronto Raptors to replace the departing Chris Bosh. I've been a Raptors fan since that day and I've not missed a game since. I've been handicapping games for more than a decade, specializing in player props. For Germantas Kneita media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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These 2 teams are here again. Just last season they faced off in identical circumstances, with the Miami Heat falling to the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls overcoming the Toronto Raptors. This time around the Heat were taken out by the 76ers, with Jimmy Butler being ruled out for several weeks in the process. The Bulls on the other hand overcame the Hawks and will be looking to avenge last season’s defeat. They do not want to be sent home early again. You can check out our NBA picks for both of tonight’s NBA play-in games, but for now, let’s dive into our Bulls vs Heat Same Game Parlay picks.

Bulls ML (+106)

DeMar DeRozan 1+ made threes (-185)

DeMar DeRozan 6+ assists (-105)

Bam Adebayo 25+ points (+220)

Same Game Parlay odds: +1613

Chicago Bulls ML over Miami Heat (+106)

The injury to Butler is immense for the potential outcome of this game. It not only takes away one of the Heat’s main defenders that can help contain DeMar DeRozan, but it also really limits their scoring options. The Heat have seen their play drop off without their star, going 13-9 in games without him. With so much on the line here, his experience would have been crucial. There really was not much between these teams in the regular season too, with a 2-2 series split and both teams getting road wins.

Miami finished the season just 21st in offensive rating. With the Bulls’ offense seemingly clicking into gear in their last game against the Hawks, scoring 131 points, it could be hard to see the Heat keeping pace here. Momentum should be factored in too. The Bulls are coming into this after a dominant win while the Heat suffered a close defeat and loss their star player in the process. I’m going with the Bulls in this one.

Read our full Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat predictions

DeMar DeRozan 1+ made threes (-185)

If you have not been watching the NBA over the last few years, you would be surprised to hear that DeRozan shoots threes now. He had seemingly stopped doing so while playing for the San Antonio Spurs, but his 2.8 attempts per game this season is higher than any from his time with the Bulls. He is respectably accurate too, knocking down 33.3% of them. And it’s worth noting that he loves shooting against the Heat. This season he knocked down an incredible 46.2% of attempts against them. At that clip, it is no surprise that he knocked down at least 1 in each game against them. I do not see why this would change in this one, especially without Butler out there to pester him.

You can also find out our Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans predictions for tonight’s other play-in game

DeMar DeRozan 6+ assists (-105)

DeRozan can assume a play-making role on the Bulls too. With the ability of Coby White to shoot from deep, he does play like a shooting guard, leaving DeRozan to draw the attention and dish it out to him. He recorded a team-high 9 assists in the last game against the Hawks. I would not be surprised to see the Heat trying to force the ball out of his hands tonight too. The Bulls star averaged 17.2 field-goal attempts per game this season but did not shoot more than 13 in any contest against the Heat. The Bulls will want him to have the ball in his hands, and the Heat will likely look to double him to force it out. That should create opportunities for his teammates to be aggressive and rack up assists for the star.

Now read our Kings vs Pelicans Same Game Parlay at +550 odds

Bam Adebayo 25+ points (+220)

Even in the regular season games in which both Butler and Bam Adebayo shared the floor against the Bulls this season, the center averaged an efficient 23.5 points per game. Without his star running mate, look for his usage to jump up against the Bulls. He will have the most favorable matchup of any Heat scoring threat. Nikola Vucevic ranked 16th of 18 on the Bulls roster in terms of defensive rating. And if Bam gets going, the Bulls will not be able to switch Alex Caruso onto him, like they can for the likes of Tyler Herro and Terry Rozier. Adebayo should have a major speed advantage over him and Andre Drummond. Look for Bam to be really effective attacking from the high post, especially with his ability to knock down that jumper with ease. It’s time for the Heat’s All-Star to step up on the offensive end here.

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