CHICAGO, IL — Chicago Bulls (44-14) vs. Miami Heat (40-16)
Location: United Center
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST
Nat’l TV: TNT
Radio: ESPN 1000
Last 10 Games: CHI: 6-4, MIA: 5-5
Avg. Pts Scored/Allowed: CHI: 96.8/88.9, NYK: 100.3/93.6
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — NONE
MIAMI — SG Dwayne Wade, SG Mike Miller
Key Matchup: Rose vs. Empty Frontcourt
The biggest hole and flaw with this year’s Heat team is the lack of a point guard. Derrick Rose hasn’t had a proper chance to exploit this yet but he could get his first real crack at a time that the Bulls can cripple the Heat. John Lucas III rocked the Heat in their last meeting and with Rose hungry to get the conference wrapped up, expect him to dominate even if they put LeBron on him defensively.
Last Game: Bulls beat Knicks 98-86, Heat lost to Celtics 115-107
Last Meeting: March 14, 2012 — Bulls 106, Heat 102
Series History (Since 2002-03): Heat lead regular season series 20-15
Last Minute Preview: The Bulls got a massive break when the Celtics beat the Heat on Monday and got an even bigger break when the Grizzlies beat them last week. Chicago now has a 3 game lead on the Heat with 8 games left and could be up 4 games with 7 left after Thursday. The Bulls are finally in a position to close out the Eastern Conference and a win tonight can not only help them move towards that but it can give the Bulls another shot of swagger as they move down the home stretch.
Prediction: Bulls 99, Heat 97