Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
The Miami Heat know this isn’t the first time this has happened to them. They trailed the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, needed to win a pair of elimination games versus the Boston Celtics in the East finals and then dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder. When things came to an end, Miami was champion.
Thusly, YouWager experts believe the Heat aren’t panicking about tonight’s match, and not even feeling angry. Dropping Game 1 of the East semifinals to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night was hardly what Miami was looking for, though could end up serving as a wake-up call for a team that made it through a 66-victory regular season without many difficult spots.
The Bulls’ 93-86 victory in the series opener was filled with statistical anomalies, such as the Heat shooting just under 40 percent (its second-worst showing in 87 games overall this season) and Chicago scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter — matching the most Miami allowed in the final 12 minutes of regulation all NBA season.
However, online sports betting experts as well as the Miami team know there has to be some change and quickly, or else the reigning champions could be in a gigantic amount of trouble.
The Bulls lineup isn’t likely to change for Game 2. Luol Deng, who needed a spinal tap to rule out meningitis last week, won’t be suiting up.
Guard Kirk Hinrich was limping when Chicago exited the conference room it used for meetings and is day to day with a calf injury. However, coach Tom Thibodeau says Hinrich is improving and could play for the first time in five games.
On Monday, the Bulls showed that even their depleted crew is more than good enough to come out with a victory. Nate Robinson scored 27 points in the opener, even after needing 10 stitches during the game to close a nasty cut on his chin. He came into Monday averaging 9.6 points in 25 previous appearances versus the Heat.