Mar 14, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) in the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Pippen Ain't Easy Pregame Report: Bulls vs Heat

Chicago Bulls (45-15) at Miami Heat (43-17) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

MIAMI, FL — Chicago Bulls (45-15) vs. Miami Heat (43-17)

Location: AmericanAirlines Arena

Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST

TV: WGN

Nat’l TV: TNT

Radio: ESPN 1000

Line: Heat by 7

Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — Derrick Rose (OUT)

MIAMI — SG Dwayne Wade, SG Mike Miller, PF Chris Bosh, CRonnie Turiaf (OUT), SF Shane Battier, SF James Jones, PF Udonis Haslem

Key Matchup: Bulls vs. Big 3

Derrick Rose is out tonight which mean Luol Deng will have to play leaderman tonight against the Heat. The Bulls are 2-0 against the Heat without Rose (even though he played the last game he was a total non-factor). The big thing will be how the Bulls handle a Heat team not only on a roll, but with their backs against the wall. They want this tonight and don’t want to get closed out. They will kick, claw, bite and punch their way to a win if they have to and by God they’ll try.

Streak

Avg. Pts Allowed

Avg. Pts Scored

Last 10 Games

Bulls

W1

88.6

96.7

 6-4

Heat

 W4

93.1

100.0

7-3

Last Game: Bulls beat Bobcats 100-68, Heat beat Raptors 96-72

Last Meeting: April 12, 2012 — Bulls 96, Heat 86

Series History (Since 2002-03): Heat lead regular season series 20-16

Prediction:  Bulls 108, Heat 107

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