Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Heat (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Heat (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

Miami today and Monday. Let’s steal one (or both … preferably both).

Broadcast Info

Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat– 7:00 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score (audio)

Chicago Bulls

Projected Starters:

1. Coby White
2. Garrett Temple
3. Patrick Williams
4. Thaddeus Young
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Zach LaVine OUT (NBA Protocol), Troy Brown Jr. OUT (ankle)

Miami Heat

Projected Starters:

1. Kendrick Nunn
2. Duncan Robinson
3. Jimmy Butler
4. Trevor Ariza
5. Bam Adebayo

Injury Report: Victor Oladipo OUT (knee), Goran Drage OUT (back/knee), Tyler Herro OUT (foot)

What to Watch For …

•   Believe it or not, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat sit right next to each other in the net rating column (Miami ranks 20th and Chicago ranks 21st), but it’s for two very different reasons. The Bulls have been kept afloat by their offense all season long. They have been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the league, currently sitting 9th in true shooting percentage. Meanwhile, the Heat have struggled to score at the rate they did last season, dropping from the 7th-best offense to the 24th-best. So get ready for some good old fashion offense vs. defense.

•   The Heat are 3-4 in their last seven games with an 8-point loss to the Timberwolves and a 15-point loss to the Hawks one night ago. In other words, this team isn’t unbeatable, especially with Herro and Dragic now on the sideline. If the Bulls can channel the same energy we saw them bring against the Hornets, they should be able to keep things close throughout the night.

•   Can Coby White keep this successful streak going? The second-year guard is averaging 17.2 points, 6.4 assists, and just 1.4 turnovers per game since returning to the starting lineup five games ago.

•   Plenty more in here …

Get Caught Up …

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.