Advanced Scout: Heat to face Victor Wembanyama, more stars in upcoming stretch

Do the Miami Heat have enough firepower to match up with Victor Wembanyama, Zach LaVine, LaMelo Ball and others over this next four-game stretch?

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Saturday Nov. 18 vs Chicago Bulls

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Biggest storyline:

The success of the Chicago Bulls in the future depends on a few key factors. The team's top three storylines are centered around Zach LaVine's rise to stardom, the impact of new additions, and the outcome of the trade deadline. LaVine, who signed a five-year, $215-million contract last offseason, is the team's longest-tenured and longest-signed member. He has the potential to become the Bulls' superstar, but he needs to surpass DeMar DeRozan as the team's primary option.

The Bulls' rotations this season will be driven by veterans Torrey Craig and Jevon Carter. These players were specifically brought in for their defensive skills and occasional outside shooting abilities. One of the main storylines for Chicago will revolve around whether these new additions can maintain their key roles in the rotation and help propel the team into the playoffs.

Toughest matchup:

DeMar DeRozan's performance against his defenders will be crucial in this matchup. Known for his ability to score in the fourth quarter, he poses a challenge for any opponent. If the game becomes close, it will be up to Butler or another Heat player to step up and match DeRozan's scoring prowess. Additionally, the matchup between Adebayo and Vucevic, especially in the paint and on the boards, will play a significant role in determining the outcome of the game.

Starting Lineup:

PG: Alex Caruso / Coby White
SG: Zach LaVine
SF: DeMar DeRozan
PF: Patrick Williams / Torrey Craig
C: Nikola Vucevic

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