Preview, Predictions, TV and Injury Report for Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls NBA Play-In 2024 Game

Saturday, 20 April 2024 at 00:35
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With the first two games of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs already played, we already know which two teams will face each other in the final duel for the eighth playoff spot, and therefore will face Boston Celtics in the first round. Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls will meet in a game that will feature DeMar DeRozan and Bam Adebayo as main stars.
The Bulls will serve as visitors after passing over Atlanta Hawks in the 9th vs. 10th play-in matchup. Coby White led a spectacular victory with a career-high 42 points, although the Illinois franchise suffered the injury of Alex Caruso, probably its most important defender, who is expected to miss the game against Miami.
The Heat, meanwhile, saw how Philadelphia 76ers turned around a game that started to get complicated with Jimmy Butler's knee injury. The Sixers, in this way, qualified as 7th in the East to face the New York Knicks in the first round.
Expert predictions (Possible starting fives and result).
The main predictions for the play-in game place Miami Heat as favorites to win, albeit slightly due to Jimmy Butler's injury. Chicago Bulls are coming off a big win over Atlanta Hawks. The game will be a brutal fight from start to finish.
In addition, the potential starting fives will be as follows:
  • Heat: Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Haywood Highsmith, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo.
  • Bulls: Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Javonte Green, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic.
Schedule and TV.
The game will be played on Friday at 7:00 PM ET, and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Injury Report.
  • Heat: Jimmy Butler (knee), ruled out. Terry Rozier (neck), questionable. Josh Richardson (shoulder), out for the season.
  • Bulls: Alex Caruso (ankle) is out. Lonzo Ball (knee), Patrick Williams (foot) and Zach LaVine (ankle), out for the season.