Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for the series price for this Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.
Miami is listed as -2800 and -4000 favorites at Pinnacle and Bookmaker respectively to advance to the conference finals, while Chicago is being offered at +1550 and +1500 at those particular sportsbooks.
I definitely recommend looking around the market throughout the day, as some shops may open up an offering that allows patrons to wager on the exact result of the series, which may offer more value for your sports picks in backing the Heat to win the series in four or five games.
The Bulls advanced past the Brooklyn Nets in seven games of their quarterfinal series, but they may be simply overmatched in this particular series.
Chicago has tallied a 1-13 series record when taking on a No. 1 seed outside of the NBA Finals—posting a dismal 21-52 overall record in that particular situation.
Miami seems destined to repeat as champions, especially with star forward LeBron James capturing his fourth NBA MVP award, as he shot 62.7 percent in leading the team to a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
The Heat have also won eight consecutive postseason games dating back to their 2012 NBA Finals triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
If you’re willing to lay this type of juice, I definitely suggest backing Miami before the series opener, especially since Chicago has compiled a dismal 7-23 in Game 1’s on the road in its history in the playoffs.
Some NBA handicappers might be bothered by the long layoff that the Heat just had to endure in ending their first series on April 28, but they’ve won all five of their games when playing with three or more days rest since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.