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GAME PREVIEW: East best meet when Bulls visit Heat

The Miami Heat will host the Chicago Bulls as the two best records in the East collide Monday night in Miami.

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images


The Miami Heat (40-21) are going to host the Chicago Bulls (39-22) looking to get their third win this season against them when the two best teams in the East collide.

The Bulls are coming off a home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Miami won on Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat sits a game ahead of the Bulls in the standings and a win here would secure the primary tie-breaker scenario between the two teams.

However, the Heat will be without their QB1 Kyle Lowry who is out for personal reasons. Although there is no room for excuses with the Bulls also missing their starting point guard Lonzo Ball, the absence of Lowry changes a lot of things for the Heat. Gabe Vincent will start in his place, and expect a lot more Tyler Herro and probably an insertion of Max Strus into the rotation.

Gabe Vincent did have a 20 point game against the Bulls back in late November. Miami will look to use their versatility to make things difficult for the Bulls, and their potential lineups lead well into that. However, it is never easy to beat a team three consecutive times, especially a team as good as the Bulls. Before the last game, Chicago had won 6 straight games.

This should be a good matchup.

ODDS: FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 80% chance to win the game.




  • Victor Oladipo: out (G-League assignment)
  • Markieff Morris: out (neck)
  • Kyle Lowry: out (personal reasons)
  • Caleb Martin: questionable (achilles)


  • Lonzo Ball: out (knee)
  • Alex Caruso: out (wrist)
  • Patrick Williams: out (wrist)
  • Nikola Vucevic: probable (ankle)


Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Marcus Smart PG Kyle Lowry
Jaylen Brown SG Max Strus
Jayson Tatum SF Jimmy Butler
Al Horford PF PJ Tucker
Robert Williams III C Bam Adebayo


TV: ESPN, Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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