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The Miami Heat will host the Chicago Bulls to see who will be the eighth seed in the NBA Playoffs for the Eastern Conference tonight. Can Bam Adebayo step up since Jimmy Butler is out? Ben Rajavuori shares his best Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat player prop pick.
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Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat Player Prop Pick: Can Bam Adebayo Step Up in Play-In Tournament?

The Miami Heat will host the Chicago Bulls to decide who will get the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference of the 2024 NBA playoffs. This is the last chance for both teams in the play-in tournament, and it should be a very fun game from the Kaseya Center tonight. what should we expect in this game?

BULLS VS. HEAT DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: April 19, 2024
  • Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

CHICAGO BULLS VS. MIAMI HEAT PREDICTION

The biggest story coming into this game is the injury news surrounding Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler. Butler suffered a sprained MCL in the first play-in tournament game against the Sixers on Wednesday and will not be able to play in this game. That adds to the injury that held Terry Rozier out of the last game, as the Heat guard is out with a neck injury and will also miss tonight‘s game again. With two big injuries for the Heat, who can step up? I love Heat center Bam Adebayo to step up in this game. Adebayo isn’t generally thought of as a leading score for this heat team, but he will have to be in this game without Butler and Rozier. Aside from Tyler Herro, a large part of the offense will have to come from Adebayo in this game, who has averaged 19.3 points per game this season. His points prep is set at 21.5 with the expectation that he will take more shots without Butler and Rozier. Adebayo played two games against the Bulls this season and cleared 21.5 points in both, and both were with Jimmy Butler playing. He had 24 in the first and 23 in the second. This is another great matchup for him to go over his points again, considering he will be matching up against Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic is not that great of a defender, and to be quite honest, he may be the worst defender in the starting five for the Bulls. Alex Caruso and Colby White are excellent defenders, but the Bulls center has not done a great job against opposing centers.

The matchup has produced two good games from Bam Adebayo this season, and he should have another with Butler and Rozier out. This is the biggest game of the season for the Heat, and the ball will be in their best players' hands.

CHICAGO BULLS VS. MIAMI HEAT Player Prop PICK

Pick: Bam Adebayo Over 21.5 Points +100 CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH SPORTSBOOK HAS THE BEST ODDS

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.

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