MIAMI, FL — Miami Heat will look to preserve their 2018 NBA playoff status when they stay home to host the Chicago Bulls at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night.
Tip-off for this game is set for 7:30 PM ET and live coverage will be on FOX Sports SUN and streaming on the Fox Sports Go App and online.
The Heat (40-35) are 23-13 at home this season and are coming off an impressive one way 98-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
Another win for the returning Dwyane Wade and Co. would keep them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference Standings – away from the Milwaukee Bucks and close to sixth place Washington Wizards.
Meanwhile, the Bulls (24-50) are already out of the runnings for a playoff spot this season and have also been struggling with recent form.
In their last outing, Chicago suffered a 118-86 defeat to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
The Bulls, who have lost 28 of its 37 games away from home this season, have also dropped six straight and eight of the last games overall.
These two teams have met three times so far this campaign with the Heat leading the current series 2-1 after winning the pair of openers.
However, when they last met in early January, Chicago beat Miami 119-111 to snap the Heat’s seven-game winning streak at that time.
Goran Dragic leads nine Miami players scoring in double-digits this season at an average of 17.4 points per game.
Big man Hassan Whiteside, who has missed nine games straight, is averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 11.8 rebounds this season.
Whiteside missed the last nine games with a hip bother, but went through practice on Wednesday and is now listed as questionable for Thursday’s game, according to the Palm Beach Post.
“We’ll see [if he plays Thursday]. He’s put in quite a few days of good work,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra to to the Miami Herald.
“This was his first real court work and competitive live work and we’ll just have to see how he feels [Thursday] and take the next step.”