The Chicago Bulls are set to face the Miami Heat in Miami, Florida on Sunday, March 6.
Time: 12 PM Central Standard Time
Location: American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida; Capacity: 19,600
Last Meeting: Bulls Won, 93-89
Series Record This Season: Bulls Lead Series, 2-0
Series Streak: Bulls W2
Records: Bulls: 42-18/Heat: 43-15
Leading Scorers: Bulls: Derrick Rose–24.5 ppg/Heat: LeBron James–26.3 ppg
Leading Rebounders: Bulls: Joakim Noah–11.7 rpg/Heat: Chris Bosh–8.2 rpg
Leaders in Assists: Bulls: Derrick Rose–8.1 apg/Heat: LeBron James–7.1 apg
Leading Shot-Blockers: Bulls: Taj Gibson–1.5 bpg/Heat: Joel Anthony–1.4 bpg
Leaders in Steals: Bulls: Ronnie Brewer–1.4 spg/Heat: LeBron James–1.5 spg
Team Points Per Game: Bulls: 97.9/Heat: 101.8
Team Opponents Points Per Game: Bulls: 91.9/Heat: 95
Team Turnovers Per Game: Bulls: 14.5/Heat: 13.7
Team Rebounds Per Game: Bulls: 44.4/Heat: 42.7
Team Assists Per Game: Bulls: 21.7/Heat: 19.5
Team Steals Per Game: Bulls: 7.2/Heat: 6.7
Team Shooting Percentage: Bulls: 46%/Heat: 48%
Team 3-Point Percentage: Bulls: 36%/Heat: 37%
Team Free Throw Percentage: Bulls: 73%/Heat: 77%
Here is the game of the week in the NBA folks. The Bulls and Heat are tied for second place in the Eastern Conference and are trying to make ground on Boston, who sits three games ahead of both teams.
Both teams are going through possibly their toughest string of games the entire year.
The Bulls are on closing off their 5-game road trip, which includes games at Milwaukee, at Washington, at Atlanta, at Orlando, and at Miami tomorrow. So far, the Bulls have gone 3-1 on the road trip, which is great considering how poorly they played on the road during the first half of the season.
As for Miami, things haven’t been going quite as well. On Thursday night, the Heat lost to Orlando after blowing a 24-point lead. Then, on Friday, they were blown out by the Spurs, 125-95, in a game that wasn’t close from the beginning.
We all know the Heat struggle against top teams this year, and I do not expect that to change against the Bulls tomorrow. The Bulls know what is on the line, and I just have not been convinced that the Heat can take down a top team, especially right now.
Don’t get me wrong, though, this is will be a close game. But, I don’t think the Heat can close out a game good enough to get a win.
So, I think the Bulls win another close game against the Heat, making it a season sweep and putting them at sole possession of second place in the East.
Prediction: Bulls by 3.