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Chicago faces Miami, seeks to end 3-game skid

January 30, 2019

Chicago Bulls (11-39, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (24-24, seventh in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Wednesday, 7 p.m. Eastern

BOTTOM LINE: Chicago comes into the matchup with Miami after losing three games in a row.

The Heat are 14-17 in Eastern Conference games. Miami ranks fifth in the NBA with 11.6 offensive rebounds per game, led by Hassan Whiteside averaging 3.7 offensive boards.

The Bulls have gone 6-19 away from home. Chicago is 4-20 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Heat earned a victory in the previous meeting between these two teams on Jan. 19. Josh Richardson led Miami with 26 points and Zach LaVine led Chicago with 22 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Whiteside is scoring 12.6 points and averaging 12.4 rebounds for the Heat. Richardson is averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers and has scored 12.6 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

Kris Dunn is first on the Bulls with 6.5 assists and scores 12.0 points. Lauri Markkanen has averaged 7.4 rebounds and added 16.7 points per game over the last 10 games for Chicago.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 1-9, averaging 103.8 points, 43 rebounds, 21.5 assists, 7.6 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points on 48.7 percent shooting.

Heat: 5-5, averaging 102.6 points, 43.3 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 5.9 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting.

Heat Injuries: Tyler Johnson: out (ankle), Goran Dragic: out (knee).

Bulls Injuries: Wendell Carter Jr.: out (left thumb), Denzel Valentine: out for season (ankle), Chandler Hutchison: out (right toe fracture).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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