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Game Preview: Heat host Bulls in Joe Johnson's first home game in Miami

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Joe Johnson will make his debut in the AAA tonight as a member of the Heat. They'll face the Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls will be without their All-Star wing player, Jimmy Butler when they face the Miami Heat tonight. However, their former MVP Derrick Rose is listed as a game-time decision. This battle has significance for both teams as they fight for positioning in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago Bulls (30-28) @ Miami Heat (33-26)
7:30 PM EST on NBATV and FoxSports Heat

Game Preview
Hassan Whiteside has had some pretty good games against the Bulls, and as the Heat are still without Chris Bosh, he will need to continue that trend. Pau Gasol will be the center of the Heat's attention, but I think the biggest area of concern will be Taj Gibson. Gibson always seems to enjoy playing the Heat, and now with Miami essentially always going small (unless McRoberts is at the PF), there needs to be a great effort from Luol Deng or Justise Winslow to box out Gibson and keep him off the glass.

Dwyane Wade should have a favorable matchup as the Bulls are without much wing defense other than Moore. Goran Dragic might also have a good night depending on how well Derrick Rose plays. The Heat and Bulls have always played each other tough and this should be no different.

Probable Starters
Derrick Rose PG Goran Dragic
E-Twaun Moore SG Dwyane Wade
Mike Dunleavy SF Joe Johnson
Taj Gibson PF Luol Deng
Paul Gasol C Amare Stoudemire

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