CHICAGO — (Sporting Alert) — The Miami Heat are without starting guard Dwyane Wade so Ray Allen starts in his position for the defending champions in Thursday night’s clash with the Chicago Bulls at United Center.

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Wade misses the game tonight due to an illness, so Allen plays at the shooting guard with Mario Chalmers starting alongside him at the point guard.

Miami Heat (14-4) starting line-up is completed by LeBron James (SF) Shane Battier (PF) and Chris Bosh (C) as the champions look to bounce back from the 107-97 defeat to Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Bulls (7-9) suffered a 131-128 overtime defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last outing.

Chicago: Kirk Hinrich (PG) Tony Snell (SG) Luol Deng (SF) Carlos Boozer (PF) Joakim Noah (C)

Miami: Mario Chalmers (PG) Ray Allen (SG) LeBron James (SF) Shane Battier (PF) Chris Bosh (C)


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