A pivotal game for Eastern Conference playoff seeding is taking place with the Bulls (39-39) visiting the Heat (45-32). Chicago is playing for their playoff lives being two out with four to go behind the Pistons. Meanwhile, the Heat are trying to get home court advantage for the first round and rest Dwayne Wade. Find out how this dynamic plays with the Bulls getting five points on the road for this 4/7 game.
NBA Free Pick : Heat Going for Sweep
Miami has handled the Bulls no problem in their previous three meetings winning them all. This situation will be very difficult because of all the players they are missing. Bosch is out with a blood clot. Tyler Johnson’s shoulder is still bothering him. Whiteside is questionable with a leg problem and even if he plays, his minutes and effort will be limited. Combine all of this Wade needing rest and the short handed Heat have all the reasons to fall at home.
Before one considers this a slam dunk, the Bulls ran into a similar circumstance against Memphis. With key players out for the Griz, Chicago fell short 108-92 to go 3-6 in this key stretch to the playoffs. 20 turnovers were cashed in by Memphis to the tune of 32 points. Rose wen 5 for 15 from the floor with most of the other Bulls equally listless.
Miami shows off their depth by overcoming the Bosch injury since the All-Star Break. Deng, Johsnon, and Dragic are feeling it with rookies Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson providing quality minutes. However with no real sense of imperativeness other than home court, the Heat will not have the energy to cope with the Bulls. Last stand time gets the Bulls through with the winning wager bolstered by their +5. Good fortune and we will see you later on today here at the HRW.
HRWager gets to say a fond farewell to Manny Pacquiao with our boxing tip for April 9th. The 37 year old legion is supposed to be hanging it up after this last fight at the MGM Grand. All of Vegas will be watching the third installment against Tim Bradley. The first two fights were split with Bradley winning the first via split decision. Manny came back in 2014 to give Tim his first pro loss. Will Pacquiao ride off into the sunset and is the smart investment going to be in this 3PM fight?
Boxing Tip : Inactivity
A trio of factors make this a hard road to ravel for Manny. He is 37 years old. 11 months has been the last time he is in the ring. Shoulder injury probably limits the pop he can inflict. So without his trademark putaway power, what chance does he have in this one? A good one because the judges are going to give Manny the benefit of the doubt on the cards. It is his last fight and that specter of the split decision loss will be in the minds of the judges. Few want to see that result of a split decision by either side transpire again.
Transformation by Teddy Atlas
Tim Bradley felt he needed a change. He went with a trainer change from Joel Diaz to Teddy Atlas. This move paid off dividends right away. Bradley destroyed Brandon Rios with a ninth round knockout in November to improve his record to 32-1-1. Most importantly is that Teddy can help Bradley cope with an ultra aggressive Manny. The legend heard all the criticism heaped on both of them in their ultra cautious bout with Floyd Mayweather. Manny wants to stay in the political realm after his boxing career. What better way to do this than to go out with a flourish!
The two main wagering lines are on who is to win and how long will the fight last. Manny is a -221/+176 favorite to win by any means. The over under in rounds is at 10 1/2 with the over being heavily favored with a -327/+291. We really think that Bradley has upped his game and added the power element missing in his past. Manny has that straight left that scores points and keeps Tim off of him at the same time. Pacquiao may want the knockout but he is not going to get it. Wager the over to go the distance . With that length of the fight, Manny wins by points. Bet on these on Saturday and enjoy the fight from your friends at HRWager.