Heat vs Bulls – NBA Pick for January 15th

Miami Heat (25-17) at Chicago Bulls (16-27)

The betting line information used for this article was taken from sportsbetting.ag at 8:45 AM PST on 1-15-18. Some odds may have changed.

We are officially on fire as we have now won five straight NBA bets! This feels like playing NBA Jam back in the day and knowing you can jack up full court shots and drill them! Last night we backed the Minnesota Timberwolves at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

I noted that this seemed a lot like a spot that Portland could give a half effort as it was the final game of a long and unsuccessful road trip, and that is exactly what happened. The Blazers were content with getting beat up and getting back on the plane home and trying to forget this disaster of a road trip.

The Wolves jumped out to a nice halftime lead and just coasted the rest of the way out to a 120-103 win and easily covered the -6-point number. We will look to keep the hot streak alive tonight when we zero in on an intriguing matchup between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls.

The Miami Heat will travel to Chicago Monday night to face the Bulls in an Eastern Conference matchup. Miami has been red-hot in the New Year, having won every game so far, this year. The Heat have won seven straight and ten out of their last twelve overall.

Chicago hasn’t had as much success so far in 2018 as they are just 3-4 in January, but they have won their last two games heading into this one. The Bulls are -1-point home favorites. The game total over-under is set at 207 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30 PM PST from the United Center in Chicago.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day so many of you get the day off of work to enjoy some great NBA action. The slate is full of day games today to enjoy on your day off. The Miami Heat have been enjoying themselves recently as well, as after a slow start to the season they have emerged as a legit threat in the Eastern Conference. The Heat have overtaken the Washington Wizards for first place in the Southeast Division and are running on all cylinders right now.

The Heat went from having the Big-3 of Lebron, D-Wade, and Bosh just a couple of years ago to now using the most balanced attack in the NBA. Kudos to GM Pat Riley who has figured out how to win a bunch of games without a single marquee player.

The Heat have an astounding eight players averaging double digits in scoring this season, with Goran Dragic leading the way, at just seventeen points a game. It is a new player each night that is getting the job done for the Heat, and they play the deepest rotation in the NBA. The Heat will lean on that deep rotation tonight as they play the second half of a back to back on the road, a tough spot for any NBA team.

The Chicago Bulls are very clearly in rebuilding mode. They knew that as soon as Jimmy Butler and D-Wade left in the offseason. They have some good young parts in Lauri Markkanen and Nikola Mirotic, and I really like how Denzel Valentine has stepped up his game this season. This team is starting to see the future of the franchise, but his season is destined for a trip to the NBA lottery and not the playoffs.

This line opened as Miami -1 and quickly flip-flopped to Miami +1. The sharps love backing home underdogs, and they quickly shifted this number to reflect that. The only reason this line is a close one is because it is a day game after a night game for Miami and the Bulls got the night off last night, with no travel.

Teams usually play their best ball after a night off with no travel and the Bulls will likely give a full effort tonight. But I am going to stick with the hot hand Miami Heat today. I know that they are going to be tired and that the travel schedule was a tough one, but I think the current winning streak will keep them motivated and focused.

All other things being equal the Heat are just a much better and more talented team than the Bulls this season. I don’t see them taking the day off with the holiday spotlight, and if they give a full effort, this game won’t be a close one.

I think the fact that Miami plays such a deep rotation will lean this game towards their favor as those legs won’t be nearly as tired as some teams that play a shorter rotation. Give me the Miami Heat as small road underdogs getting 1-point today from the United Center!

The Bet: Miami Heat +1 point

Jason Gray / Author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL