It’s the game Bulls’ fans have been waiting for since last summer. The Heat outplayed the Bulls in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals winning the series 4-1 after the Bulls dominated the regular season series. As we can see, these regular season match-ups really don’t mean much for the playoffs. However, both teams will use this game as a measuring stick to see where they stand right now, especially after making significant offseason acquisitions. Here are the likely starting match-ups.
Derrick Rose vs. Mario Chalmers
Winner: Rose, hands down.
Dwyane Wade vs. Ronnie Brewer/Richard Hamilton
Winner: Wade, however Hamilton has given Wade the most trouble out of any player with his length and experience.
LeBron James vs. Luol Deng
Carlos Boozer vs. Chris Bosh
Winner: Bosh, however it Boozer could easily win this matchup. Bosh completely outplayed Boozer in the playoffs, but they have both been playing well so far this season.
Joel Anthony/Udonis Haslem vs. Joakim Noah
Miami Bench vs. Chicago Bench
Winner: Chicago Bench. The Bulls have the best bench in the NBA and will easily outplay Miami’s bench.
Prediction: Bulls win 92-87