Chuck's Daily Check In - 12.8.19

Chuck Previews Tonight's Matchup vs. The Miami Heat
Team walking vs. Miami Heat
by Chuck Swirsky
Remind Me Later

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GAMEDAY FROM MIAMI

Bulls (8-15, 4-7 on the road) at Miami (16-6, 9-0 at home)

TV: NBCSC: Lisa Byington and Stacey King. 5PM CT
RADIO: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky and Bill Wennington. 4:45 CT pre.

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 22 ppg. Miami: Butler: 20 ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 10 Miami: Adebayo: 10.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5 per. Miami: Butler: 6 per.

LAST MEETING: November 22, 2019 at United Center: Miami 116, Bulls 108

PREVIEW: A tough back to back awaits the Bulls here in Miami and tomorrow night in Chicago as the Bulls meet the Heat and Raptors respectively.

The Bulls take on a Heat team that has started strong and are unbeaten at home in nine games for the first time in franchise history.

In their only meeting of the season, Miami jumped on the Bulls early and led wire to wire. Kendrick Nunn (Simeon High School) scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter. Bam Adebayo registered a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had 27 points.

Butler recorded his second triple-double in a three-game span, in a 112-103 win over Washington.

Injuries remain a storyline for both teams. Miami will be without guard Goran Dragic. Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo are questionable. The Bulls are without Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison.

Lauri Markkanen against Jimmy Butler

24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:

Indiana 104, New York 103: Julius Randle missed a free throw with 0.1 seconds left, lifting the Pacers over the Knicks who played their first game under interim Head Coach Mike Miller. The Knicks have lost nine straight and dropped to 4-19.

Philadelphia 141, Cleveland 94: Ben Simmons tossed in a career-high 34 points. He also hit his second career three-point field goal. The 76ers improved to 11-0 at home.

Dallas 130, New Orleans 84: The Pelicans not only lost their eighth straight game, but it was also their worst loss in franchise history. New Orleans went 3-32 from three-point range.

Utah 126, Memphis 112: The Jazz scored 69 first-half points.

Houston 115, Phoenix 109: James Harden scored 18 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. Devin Booker had 35 for the Suns.

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