Season Series: 2-1* Bulls
A meeting between the Heat and Bulls would only take place in the conference semi-finals or finals. While the Heat are expected to advance to the NBA Finals, several observers foresee the Bulls among the few teams that could challenge them.
A potential series would become a classic case of strengths versus weaknesses.
Miami is a small team that struggles with rebounding and interior defense.
When the Bulls are at full-strength, they can throw Noah, Boozer and Taj Gibson at the Heat. Each player can rebound and score inside the paint, which forces Miami counter with an aging Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh.
Neither Haslem nor Bosh are great post defenders, yet their shortcomings are covered up by the MVP play of LeBron James.
If Haslem finds himself in foul trouble, LeBron switches over to the power forward spot. When Bosh falters on his defensive assignments, LeBron picks up the slack as a help defender.
You have to disregard the season series if these two teams meet in the playoffs. It will come down to the Chicago Bulls against the will of LeBron James.
With Rose in the lineup, the Bulls could take the series in seven. The Bulls have a definite size advantage, and they can throw a wave of defenders at LeBron, Chicago-native Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. If Rose does not play, the Bulls could muster two wins.
Miami wins in six.