Bulls can’t stand with Heat now
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
A quick look at the 14-game NBA schedule for Wednesday, March 27, ranking games by watchability (all times p.m. Eastern):
MUST-WATCH: Miami Heat (56-14) at Chicago Bulls (38-31), 8, ESPN
This is the rivalry we want to love. Over the past three seasons, the Heat and Bulls have split 14 games. Miami beat Chicago 4-1 in the Eastern Conference finals in 2011, but that came after the Bulls swept the three-game season series. The past two years’ season series have been split. These teams have been the East’s crown jewels, except for that pesky Derrick Rose knee thing. But now Joakim Noah may be out for this game along with Rose. And the Heat roll into town with 27 consecutive victories in hand. And the Bulls are the only team with a better road record than home record. Hey, maybe Rose and Noah will be healthy for the playoffs.
2. Denver Nuggets (49-23) at San Antonio Spurs (53-17), 8:30
The Nuggets had won 15 in a row before hitting that noted NBA powerhouse, the New Orleans Hornets. This was expected to be the game when the streak ended at 16. Denver now would like to avoid a losing streak.
3. Memphis Grizzlies (47-23) at New York Knicks (43-26), 7:30
The Grizzlies’ past four games: losses at the Hornets and Washington Wizards, wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics. Either they should be good because they’re facing a good team again, or it’s a sure-shot loss because they’ve dropped their past four road games. The Knicks have won five in a row, though, so beware.
4. Los Angeles Lakers (36-35) at Minnesota Timberwolves (25-44), 8
Things refuse to go smoothly for the Lakers this season. Metta World Peace has a knee injury now, right as the starting five finally was reunited. And the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks each are a game back for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
5. Brooklyn Nets (41-29) at Portland Trail Blazers (33-37), 10:30, ESPN
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