Considering this may be the last time both rival teams play each other this season, barring an NBA Playoff series this April, this game should be entertaining to watch as both sides will try to proclaim their dominance.
One of the biggest stories heading into the game revolves around team leaders LeBron James and Joakim Noah, who have become involved in a competitive race toward the MVP Award. James has had another statistically impressive year on the court, and seems to be the favorite to win. However, following Derrick Rose‘s injury, Noah has grown into one of the more dominant players in the Eastern Conference as he’s led Chicago to above .500 in the standings. This has led some to believe that Noah should be taken into heavy consideration when it’s time for the awards to be handed out.
Both teams are currently brushing off the sores of defeat heading into tomorrow’s game. Chicago lost to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies last night (85-77), while Miami lost in a highly-touted NBA Finals rematch against the San Antonio Spurs (111-87) Thursday.
The last time both teams played each other, Miami came out victorious in a close defensive contest, only pulling ahead after an offensive burst in the third quarter (93-79). James sat that game out due to injury. The takeaway from that defeat was Chicago’s poor showing on the offensive side of the floor. Hopefully, considering the Bulls’ recent hot-streak, their offense will be able to put up a better showing this time around.
Right now, with the way both teams are playing, it will be difficult to accurately predict who will emerge the winner. Expect to see a hotly-contested battle between two of the league’s most athletic teams.