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Friday, May 13, 2011
Heat favored to beat the Bulls

By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com

After clinching a spot in the Eastern Conference finals, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was asked about sweeping the Miami Heat in the regular-season series.

"The regular season is over with," he said. "The way that they play right now is totally different."

Las Vegas agrees.

The No. 2 seed Heat, who just finished a 4-1 series over the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, are favored, almost 2-to-1, to beat the No. 1 Bulls in the best-of-seven series that starts at 7 p.m. CT Sunday at United Center.

Although it looked rough at times, the Bulls really had few problems closing out their first two series, going 8-3 against Indiana and Atlanta, but Miami's dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looks formidable right now.

The Las Vegas Hilton has priced the Heat at -190, while the MGM Race and Sports and Book has them at -185. The Hilton has the Bulls at +170 to win the series.

Both books have the Bulls favored to win the opener by 1½ points.

The Heat are 5-6 at the MGM, and 5-4 at the Hilton, to win the NBA championship. The Bulls are 2-1 and 5-2, respectively.

Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.