Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Heat (6:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

It’s a battle of the Eastern Conference’s two top teams tonight in South Beach as the Bulls visit the Heat.

Game Info

Chicago Bulls (39-22) at Miami Heat (40-21) – 6:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Javonte Green
5. Nikola Vučević

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (wrist), Patrick Williams OUT (wrist)

Miami Heat

1. Gabe Vincent
2. Jimmy Butler
3. Duncan Robinson
4. PJ Tucker
5. Bam Adebayo

Injury Report: Kyle Lowry OUT (Personal Reason), Markeiff Morris OUT (neck), Victor Oladipo OUT (knee), Caleb Martin QST (Achillies)

What to Watch For …

•  Miami has won each of the previous two meetings between the Bulls and the Heat this season including a 118-92 drubbing of the Bulls on December 11. Duncan Robinson scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Heat over a short-handed Chicago squad. The problem here, and the reason for concern, is the Heat were short-handed as well. Dewayne Dedmon scored 20 points and logged 12 rebounds in Bam Adebayo’s absence, and Kyle Lowry added 16 points and 14 assists.

•   Miami ranks fifth in the NBA in net rating and is one of the most balanced teams in the NBA even in spite of their injury struggles throughout the entire season. The Heat rank eighth in the NBA in eFG% (54.0), seventh in offensive rebounding percentage (29.1 percent), and allow the fewest points in the paint in the NBA.

•   Chicago comes in tonight at 39-22 (.639), one game behind the Heat for the best record in the East. The last time the Bulls were 17 games over .500 was April 13, 2015, per media notes.

•   DeMar DeRozan is averaging 35.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists while shooting .559 FG% in February. He’s set to join Michael Jordan as the only player in NBA history to average 35+ points on 55% shooting over a month of games since the start of the three-point era (1980), per Statmuse.

•   More in here …

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