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GAME PREVIEW: Heat visit Bulls to start 5 game road trip

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The Heat have an afternoon clash with the Chicago Bulls on MLK day.

NBA: Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are riding a 7-game win streak as they head into Chicago to take on the Bulls to start a 5-game road trip. Miami won yesterday afternoon at home against the Milwaukee Bucks 97-79. And now, on MLK day, they visit the Bulls in an afternoon matchup.

Chicago (16-27) started off the season incredibly slow, but have recovered and played some good basketball. The Bulls have won 3 out of their last 5 and just welcomed back Zach LaVine to the lineup. This will not be a cake walk, but the Heat are a favorite in this game in my opinion.

Game Info

When: Monday, January 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 43% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Chicago: Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Justin Holiday, Lauri Markkanan, Robin Lopez
Miami: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Bulls: none
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Dion Waiters (Out, ankle surgery)

What To Watch For

Can Miami rebound the ball?

The Bulls are a good rebounding team and have some size. Robin Lopez has the potential to be a pest to Whiteside and such, and this will be a key. If the Heat can’t keep the Bulls off the glass, it could spell trouble.

Can Winslow continue to fit in?

He’s been out for such a long time time. He showed good promise yesterday and ran the point without Dragic. But a back to back after that long of time missed, it may be hard. Or it may be easy, that’s why we are going to watch.

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