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NBA - US Sports: Top pair battle for East supremacy

There are seven NBA games on Monday and the highlight sees Eastern Conference leaders Miami Heat entertain closest challengers Chicago Bulls.

Miami are 5/8 to win in the Money Line and the Bulls can be backed at 7/5.

The two teams have traded places at the top of the East over the last few weeks and the Heat currently hold a one-game lead over the Bulls.

Heat have seasonal edge

Chicago have lost both of their previous meetings with Miami this season and saw a six-game winning run ended by Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

The Bulls are six games ahead of Toronto Raptors in seventh place and look set to qualify automatically for the play-offs, but it remains to be seen as to whether they can be serious challengers in the post-season.

Chicago are 2-8 against teams currently in the top six in the East and 4-6 against teams currently in the top six in the West, meaning they have a 6-14 overall record against play-off teams.

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Both sides have no fresh injury issues ahead of Monday's meeting as Miami remain without Markieff Morris and Victor Oladipo, while Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are absent for the Bulls.

Nets welcome in Raptors

There are two other huge match-ups in the East as Brooklyn Nets entertain Toronto Raptors, with both team looking to break into the top six, and Milwaukee Bucks take on the Charlotte Hornets at Fiserv Forum.

Memphis are back in action as they host San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers head to Orlando to face the Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder welcome Sacramento Kings to the Paycom Center.

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