The Chicago Bulls got Derrick Rose back in their lineup Wednesday night. Will Rose be able to then build on his return when he faces the Miami Heat on Thursday night? The Heat are favored on the NBA betting lines.
The Chicago Bulls Can Win Because…
They are going up against a team that doesn’t have everyone in a position to play his best. Dwyane Wade got injured a few days ago, so while he’s playing, he’s not going to be very effective. He went 6 of 17 from the field in the Heat’s most recent game against Charlotte on April 7. Michael Beasley was held out of that Charlotte game due to feeling insufficiently well, so this means more minutes for both Luol Deng and reserves such as James Ennis, who isn’t going to instantly figure out how to play extended minutes in just the right way. Miami is a team that’s sputtering to the end of the regular season. If Goran Dragic is anything less than his best, this team really doesn’t have much of a chance, especially since Wade is not 100 percent following his injury last week.
Chicago played strong defense last Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls held Cleveland to 42 percent shooting. If Chicago can hold down LeBron, it can do the same thing to Miami.
The Miami Heat Can Win Because…
They are desperate, and that desperation is manifesting itself in a positive way. The Heat entered Tuesday night’s game against Charlotte with players hurting, and tonight they're short underdogs on the NBA odds. Forget Chris Bosh, long since removed from the active roster following the identification of blood clots in his lungs. In this game, Michael Beasley had a hyperextended right knee, and Mario Chalmers had to take multiple IVs to sustain himself long enough to play just nine minutes. The Heat were shorthanded, but they toughed out a win over Charlotte despite losing the battle on the offensive boards, 15 to 8. The Heat got strong performances from Goran Dragic (28 points on 10 of 16 field goal shooting and eight free throws in eight attempts) and Luol Deng (21 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field). Hassan Whiteside scored 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Chris Andersen blocked three shots and added six points. Dwyane Wade wasn’t sharp, but while he missed 11 field goal attempts, he got to the free throw line 10 times and made seven attempts. He still scored 19 points on a night when he wasn’t that good. If Miami could beat Charlotte with multiple players suffering, it can beat a Chicago team that really doesn’t know what to get from Derrick Rose. When a great player is injured, his first few games back from an injury are hard to gauge. Rose’s return might be beneficial for the Bulls in the long run, but in the short run, Chicago might lose the rhythm it had with its previous lineup combinations and player rotations.
The Bulls performance has been inconsistent of late – to say the least. They have lost three of four and lost last night in Orlando. How is it possible to have faith in them at Miami when they lose in Orlando? The Bulls have dropped six of their last seven on the road, so take the Heat with your NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Miami -1 at Bodog