9:30 PM ET, December 5, 2013
United Center, Chicago, IL
It’s true that the NBA playoffs have been good to the Miami Heat, however things have been quite different when facing the Chicago Bulls during the regular season.
This even includes the time period without Derrick Rose.
Following their first defeat in 11 games, Miami will try to recover tonight when they visit Chicago for the first time this season.
Since LeBron James came aboard in 2010-11, the Heat (14-4) have needed only five games to win a pair of postseason series with Chicago (7-9) — one of which came over Rose-less Bulls team just seven months ago.
The regular-season series has been an even more difficult challenge for Miami. The Heat have dropped seven of 12 versus Chicago since James and Chris Bosh came aboard, including five of six in the Windy City.
The Heat have split its six regular-season meetings since 2010-11 when Rose has been out for Chicago, including a 2-2 record in last season’s series.
Miami shot 51.4 percent and hit 11 for 20 from 3-point range in a 107-95 season-opening win versus the visiting Bulls. The 28 year-old James led seven players in double figures with 17 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds.
James averaged 30.8 points in his last four regular-season games at the United Center.
According to the NBA odds, Miami has gone 2-2 this season without Dwayne Wade, who has averaged 26.5 points in his last six regular-season visits.
Without the Chicago native on Tuesday, James and Michael Beasley finished with 23 points apiece, but the Heat had their 10-game winning streak snapped by the visiting Detroit Pistons.
After a five-game stretch in which Chicago made 38.5 percent from the floor, they’ve shot 49.2 percent over their last three NBA games.
According to YouWager lines, the Heat have won five straight games versus Chicago, this includes last season’s playoff series.