Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls Game 5 Expert Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Preview 5/26/11

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls Game 5 Expert Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Preview 5/26/11: Two time MVP forward LeBron James will lead the sizzling Miami Heat on the road to the United Center to take on this year’s MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at 8:30 PM ET Thursday at the United Center. The Heat won game 4 101-93 in overtime to move the Heatles to a commanding 3-1 series lead as the game shifts to the Windy City.

LeBron is doing it all for the Heat and looking more like the MVP than Rose for the Bulls. In the fourth quarter James clamped down on the younger Rose and kept him from getting to the basket and making clutch shots down the stretch. James is also averaging over 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game and providing whatever is needed for the team. Wade struggled but played well in OT, Bosh is playing better and with Miller and Haslem pitching in the Bulls have more than a handful to keep this series going even with coach of the year and MVP. The odds makers at Bodog have the Chicago Bulls a -3 point favorite at home against the Miami Heat.

LeBron’s 35 lead the Heat scorers and he added 6 boards and 6 assist in 49 minutes of play and now heads to Chicago to try and close out the series and move on to play the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. The Mavs closed out the Thunder and will have the most rest as long as this series remains alive. Big Chris Bosh added 22 points and 6 rebounds while Dwayne Wade only scored 14 points and pulled down 5 boards but had 3 blocks and a big shot in overtime. Vegas odds makers have the Miami Heat +140 to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.

MVP Derrick Rose still scored 23 points with 3 rebounds and 6 assists but the inability to score down the stretch against LeBron will mark this playoff game. Rose did get help from big Carlos Boozer with 20 points, 11 boards and 3 assists as well as forward Luol Deng who chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds while holding Lebron to just 35 points. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 180 points combined of the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

I predict the Heat close it out like champions on the road!

Free Pickk: Miami heat +3

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GAME 5 Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
Date: 5/26/2011
Time: 8:30 PM EST on TNT
2011 NBA Eastern Finals Playoffs Series: Heat Lead 3-1
Vegas Odds
Favorite: Chicago Bulls -3(pointspread) Total: Over/Under 179
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