Preview: Miami Heat (43-16) @ Chicago Bulls (34-28)

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat take on the Chicago Bulls looking to end their miserable road trip with a win. The Heat have beaten the Bulls twice this season in Miami, this is their first trip to Chicago.

The Heat have already beaten to Bulls twice this season. Once on opening night that included Derrick Rose, and another time at home without LeBron James.

This time around, the Heat will have LeBron and the Bulls won't have Rose. Miami takes on the Bulls at 1:00 PM EST on Sunday to end their 3-game road trip that has seen them lose convincingly to both the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. This is the first end of another back-to-back for the Heat as they will host the Washington Wizards on Monday night in Miami.

The Bulls are coming off a home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, despite playing inspired ball since the trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago represents the mixed brand of basketball the Heat deal with in the East top order as they are 2nd in the NBA in defensive, but are dead last in offensive production.

All-Star center Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer will give the Heat the most problems, alongside the pesky point guard play of Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls always play Miami hard, and have one of the best winning percentages against the team since the formation of the Big 3 in Miami.

The Bulls are also a top ten rebounding team, which is of course one of the Heat's biggest weaknesses. The Heat held an extensive meeting in the days off since two bad losses on the road looking to regroup. They are tied in the loss column with East leading Indiana and every win gets them closer to overtaking that position. LeBron James took a visit to Cleveland on Saturday for the jersey retirement of his old friend and former Heat player Zyndrunas Ilgauskas, and Dwyane Wade attended his sister's wedding in Chicago on Saturday. The team has been busy, but hopefully come ready to play on Sunday.

Look for a very aggressive approach for the Heat who should be fed up with their recent play. But don't expect a blowout, playing in Chicago is always a battle for this team.

Tune in on ABC, and check back at Hot Hot Hoops for the coverage.

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