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Sunday, April 16th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (38-41) at Miami Heat (52-27), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls play the first of an important two-game road trip this afternoon, as they visit the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

A Bulls victory would earn them a berth in the postseason.

Chicago owns a 1 1/2 game lead over the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, while Miami will be the second seed in the postseason.

The Heat have won the two meetings between the squads this season. Chicago has lost 11 straight after winning its last two at Miami.

The last time the Bulls won in Miami was January 18, 2000.

Chicago, which will visit the Orlando Magic on Monday at TD Waterhouse Centre, enters tonight's game on a three-game winning streak. On Friday, Ben Gordon scored 32 points, including an NBA record-tying 9-for-9 from beyond the arc, to lead the Bulls to an important 103-101 victory over the Washington Wizards at the United Center.

Kirk Hinrich poured in 19 points and dished out eight assists, while Andres Nocioni scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and handed out five assists in the win over Washington for the Bulls, who have won seven of their last eight games overall.

The Bulls are 18-21 on the road this season. They return home on Wednesday to host the Toronto Raptors at the United Center.

Miami concludes a four-game homestand today. Udonis Haslem finished with a career-high 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Heat to an easy 104-85 win over Philadelphia on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Dwyane Wade recorded a team-high 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out eight assists in the win over the Sixers for Miami, while fellow All-Star Shaquille O'Neal contributed 15 points and 10 boards for the Heat, who have won three of their last four games overall.

The Heat are 31-9 at home this season. After today's game, Miami goes on a season-ending two game road trip. It will visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

04/16 10:40:05 ET


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