National Basketball Association
Preview
Miami at Chicago
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 10, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

After a win against one the NBA's best teams, the Chicago Bulls will take aim at one of the worst when it hosts the Miami Heat on Saturday. The Bulls snapped a three-game slide with Thursday's 95-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs, who suffered their first road loss in 14 games.

The victory kept Chicago in line with an odd trend that has seen the squad defeat top-tier teams while losing to the league's bottom-feeders, a pattern it hopes to end Saturday. "Well, we talked about that," coach Fred Hoiberg said when asked by reporters about the team playing to the level of its opponent. "We talked about it after the game. We also talked about it after the (win at Cleveland on Dec. 2) so that's, I guess, the scary thing." The Bulls managed to outlast the Heat 98-95 in Miami earlier this season in a game that featured 19 lead changes and 14 ties. That loss was part of a six-game slide for the Heat, who are now struggling through a four-game losing streak after a 30-point loss in Cleveland on Friday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBA TV, FSN Sun (Miami), WGN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE HEAT (7-16): Injuries continue to be a major issue for Miami, but it hopes to have guard Josh Richardson back from an ankle injury that has robbed him of six games. Forwards Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (shoulder) and Luke Babbitt (hip) all stayed home for the team's current three-game road trip and only eight players saw action versus Cleveland, with star center Hassan Whiteside getting benched early in the second half amid a lackluster effort. The three reserves combined for 39 points, as Derrick Williams recorded a team-high 17 points.

ABOUT THE BULLS (12-10): Jimmy Butler's string of 15 straight games with at least 20 points came to a halt in the win over the Spurs, but he was encouraged with the manner in which his teammates picked up the slack. "I know we got some hellafied players," Butler told reporters after scoring a season-low 13 points. "Some great teammates. Everybody's like, 'Yo, take your shot. Do what you've been doing all year.' It won't change. They're going to fall -- I think we all know that. But that's what you got teammates for, to step up and make shots, take the big ones, knock them down." Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo finished an assist shy of a triple-double in his second game since sitting one out due to a suspension.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Whiteside has not attempted a single foul shot in 64 minutes across the last two games.

2. Wade is averaging 24.3 points while attempting 36 free throws over the last three games.

3. Chicago entered Friday ranked third in the NBA in foul shooting (80.5 percent), while Miami was last (67.1).

PREDICTION: Bulls 108, Heat 96
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Miami 7-16 L4 2-8 5-8 0-0 7-16 2-3 3-10
Chicago 12-10 W1 6-3 6-7 0-0 12-10 2-2 8-5
Last Meeting
Miami Chicago
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/10/16 CHI 98 MIA 95 95 46 40.9 98 48 41.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Miami H. Whiteside 20 44.4 4
Chicago J. Butler 20 45.5 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Miami H. Whiteside 20 8 12
Chicago R. Rondo 12 1 11
Assists Player  
Miami D. Waiters 6
Chicago R. Rondo 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Miami H. Whiteside 484 56.1 78
Chicago J. Butler 623 45.1 221
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Miami H. Whiteside 397 114 283
Chicago T. Gibson 220 66 154
Assists Player  
Miami G. Dragic 154
Chicago R. Rondo 167
Quickchart Matchup
Miami Miami Off vs  Chicago Chicago Defense
Miami Off vs Chicago - Points For 96.7 Points For
Miami Off vs Chicago - Points Against 99.9 Points Against
Miami - FG% 42.7 FG%
Chicago - FG% 44.5 FG%
Miami - Reb 44.3 Reb
Chicago - Reb 43.1 Reb
Chicago Chicago Off vs  Miami Miami Defense
Chicago Off vs Miami - Points For 102.9 Points For
Chicago Off vs Miami - Points Against 100.3 Points Against
Chicago - FG% 44.0 FG%
Miami - FG% 44.5 FG%
Chicago - Reb 48.6 Reb
Miami - Reb 45.6 Reb