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Miami visits Chicago following DeRozan’s 49-point game

Toronto faces New Orleans, looks for 6th straight road win

Miami Heat (38-33, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (32-37, 10th in the Eastern Conference)

Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Bulls -3.5; over/under is 218.5

BOTTOM LINE: Chicago faces the Miami Heat after DeMar DeRozan scored 49 points in the Chicago Bullsโ€™ 139-131 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls are 23-22 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago is 20-22 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 13.1 turnovers per game.

The Heat are 19-23 in conference matchups. Miami ranks second in the NBA allowing just 109.6 points while holding opponents to 47.9% shooting.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Bulls won 113-103 in the last matchup on Dec. 21.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Bulls. Zach LaVine is averaging 31.5 points over the last 10 games for Chicago.

Tyler Herro is shooting 43.4% and averaging 20.3 points for the Heat. Victor Oladipo is averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 6-4, averaging 116.3 points, 42.7 rebounds, 24.5 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 50.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.3 points per game.

Heat: 6-4, averaging 115.4 points, 38.0 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.6 points.

INJURIES: Bulls: Justin Lewis: out for season (knee), Javonte Green: out (knee), Lonzo Ball: out for season (knee).

Heat: Kyle Lowry: day to day (knee), Nikola Jovic: out (back), Cody Zeller: out (nose).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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