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stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls have won 10 of the last 12 against the Magic, including a 128-125 triple-overtime win the last time these teams played. Chicago’s two losses to Orlando during this span have both come at home.

* The Magic are 4-36 (.100) on the road this season and have lost each of their last nine away from home. Orlando’s .100 road-win percentage is its worst single-season road-win percentage in franchise history.

* In Chicago’s loss to the Knicks on Sunday, Joakim Noah had 13 points, 17 rebounds, and nine assists. In April, Noah is averaging 12.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 7.0 assists.

* Victor Oladipo has had a steal in 13 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the league (Deron Williams, Bkn – 29). During this 13-game streak, Oladipo is averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 steals.

* In six games in April, D.J. Augustin is averaging 19.8 points, all of the bench. Augustin’s 19.8 points off the bench in April are third most among reserves during this time (min. 5 games off the bench).

* When these teams last played on January 15, Tobias Harris had 22 points and 16 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field. Over his last 10 games, Harris is averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and is shooting 56.0 percent from the field.

* When the Pistons beat the Bulls 92-75 in Chicago on December 7, it snapped their 14-game road losing streak in this series. However, the Bulls have still taken two of their three games against Detroit in 2013-14.

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* After winning its first four road games against Central Division opponents this season, Detroit now has dropped its last three. The Pistons are coming off a 122-100 road loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.

* Chicago has won six straight games, which is the longest active win streak in the NBA. Chicago is holding its opponents to 88.2 points per game during this win streak.

* Brandon Jennings had 33 points and five assists in Detroit’s win over Chicago at the United Center on December 7. That was the first of Jennings’ three 30-point performances this season (30 – January 22 at Mil, 35 – February 8 vs Den).

* Kirk Hinrich is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 55.0 (22/40) percent (47.1 percent from three-point range) so far this month. He had 16 points on 7-for-9 from the field in Wednesday’s win over the Timberwolves.

* Joakim Noah picked up his fourth triple-double of the season on Wednesday, tying Lance Stephenson for the league lead. Noah also broke Tom Boerwinkle’s franchise mark for assists in a season by a center. Boerwinkle had 397 assists in 1970-71; with his 10 dimes against the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Noah now has 398 for the season.

stats_logo_400x225* The Timberwolves’ 95-86 road victory over the Bulls on January 27 snapped their seven-game losing skid in this series. However, Chicago still has a four-game road win streak against Minnesota.

* The Bulls have won their last five games, which is the longest active win streak in the league. Chicago is holding its opponents to just 88.4 points per game during this streak. At 45-32, the Bulls need just one more win to surpass last season’s mark (45-37).

* Minnesota has lost its last nine games when playing on zero days’ rest, its last such win coming back on January 18 against the Utah Jazz.

* Jimmy Butler had a career-high nine assists in Saturday’s win over the Wizards. He is the fifth different Bulls’ player to have 9+ assists in a game at least once this season (Joakim Noah, D.J. Augustin, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng) (20 9+ assist games in all). Last season Chicago had four different players record nine assists at least one in a game (12 times in all).

* D.J. Augustin has had 20 or more points off the bench in five of his last six road games, including each of the last three. He is averaging 24.0 points per game on 49.5 (45/91) percent shooting, including 54.3 (19/35) percent from three-point range, in these road contests.

* Corey Brewer is shooting 55.8 (48/86) percent since March 24, third best among starting forwards since that date (minimum 30 FGM). He had 11 points on 5-for-8 from the field in his only game against the Bulls this season.

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stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls have won two of three from the Bucks so far in 2013-14. It has been a very low-scoring series, Chicago averaging 82.0 and Milwaukee 80.0 points per game.

* Milwaukee has lost 11 of its last 12 games, allowing an average of 108.3 points per game over this stretch.

* Chicago’s defense has been excellent all season, but even more so since the All-Star break; opponents are averaging just 90.7 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting against the Bulls since the break, both of which lead the NBA.

* Ramon Sessions has averaged 20.8 points (on 50.0 FG%) and 6.4 assists since moving into the Bucks’ starting lineup five games ago. However, Sessions has not been very productive against Chicago in recent meetings, averaging just 5.6 points and 5.2 assists while making just 19.6 (9/46) percent of his shot attempts in his last five appearances against the Bulls.

* Mike Dunleavy has missed just one free throw since February 25, going 41 of 42 (.976) from the line. For the season, he is shooting a career-high 85.4 percent from the FT line.

* D.J. Augustin had a team-high 23 points off the bench in Wednesday’s win over the Hawks. It was the team-high 15th time this season Augustin has either led the Bulls outright or been tied for the team lead in points in a game.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls have won seven of the last eight at home against the Celtics. Chicago is holding Boston to 86.4 points in these games.

* Boston has lost nine straight road games, tied with the Bucks for the second-longest active road losing streak in the league (76ers – 12 straight road losses).

* In Chicago’s win against the Celtics on Sunday, D.J. Augustin scored a game-high 33 points off the bench. Augustin is the first Bulls’ player to have 30-plus points off the bench in a road game since Kirk Hinrich had 31 in Milwaukee against the Bucks in February 2009.

* Rajon Rondo has had 10-plus assists in five of his last six games. In these six games, Rondo is averaging 10.7 points and 12.5 assists,

* Joakim Noah had 13 points and 13 assists in Chicago’s win against the Celtics on Sunday. Noah has six games with 10-plus assists this season after having just three such games in his previous six seasons.

* In Boston’s loss to Chicago on Sunday, Jared Sullinger had 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. It was Sullinger’s second-career 15-plus point 10-plus rebound game off the bench (has 10 such games as a starter).

 

stats_logo_400x225* The Trail Blazers have won the last five games in this series, including a 98-95 home victory on November 22, a contest better known for being the one in which Derrick Rose suffered his season-ending knee injury.
* The Trail Blazers are 13-1 this season when they hold their opponent to 94 or fewer points. They gave up just 85 points in their win over the Hawks on Thursday (100-85).
* Chicago has held its opponent to 97 or fewer points in seven straight games (5-2); this is the longest active such streak in the NBA.
* LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action Thursday, recording 25 points and 16 rebounds against the Hawks after missing the previous seven games with a back injury. Aldridge has scored at least 20 points in four straight road games against the Bulls, averaging 28.5 points on 60.2 (50/83) percent shooting during this streak.
* Chicago is 9-2 this season when Taj Gibson has at least 19 points off the bench in a game. Gibson came off the bench to pour in a game-high 23 points in Monday’s win over the Pacers.
* Kirk Hinrich has made at least one three-point field goal in 14 straight games, going 24-for-51 (.471) from behind the arc during this streak. This is Hinrich’s longest streak of games with 1+ three-pointer since a 15-game streak March 22-November 7, 2007.

* The Pacers have won two of the three matchups this season and five of their last seven overall against the Bulls. However, each of Indiana’s two losses in that span has come in Chicago.

* The Bulls have alternated wins and losses in each of their last five games overall (WLWLW). Chicago owns the lowest scoring offense in the NBA this season at 93.2 points per game.

* The Pacers have lost two straight and five of their last seven road games, while averaging just 91.0 points in those seven contests.

* Indiana’s leading scorer, Paul George, has scored a total of just 18 points over his last two games. George is averaging 14.3 points on 26.1 percent shooting from the field in his three games against the Bulls this season.

* Joakim Noah has scored at least 20 points in two of his last three home games after hitting the 20-point plateau just twice in his previous 18 home contests.

* Indiana boasts the best scoring defense in the NBA this season, limiting its foes to just 91.9 points per game. Chicago is allowing just 92.1 points per game – the second-best mark in the NBA.

 

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls and Pacers have split their two meetings so far in 2013-14, with the home team winning easily (by at least 16 points) in both games. Indiana has now won its last three home games against Chicago.

* This is one of those “something’s got to give” games as Chicago has won five straight games against Central Division opponents, giving up just 87.1 points per game during this streak. Indiana, likewise, has won its last five games against divisional foes, allowing 90.8 points per game over this stretch.

* The Pacers and Bulls rank 1-2 in the NBA in opponent PPG and opponent field-goal percentage. Since 1970-71, no same two teams from the same division have finished in the Top 2 in the NBA in these two categories.

* Lance Stephenson (4) and Joakim Noah (3) are two of four players in the NBA who have had at least three triple-doubles this season (Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant being the others).

* David West has averaged 22.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in his last seven home games against the Bulls. He had 17 points and 13 boards in the Pacers’ home win over Chicago on November 6.

* Paul George has struggled with his shooting in six career home games against the Bulls, making just 31.9 (23/72) percent of his field-goal attempts.

stats_logo_400x225* These teams have split their two meetings so far this season, with each team winning once on its own home court. The Sixers have just one win in their last seven games against the Bulls.

* The 76ers have lost 16 consecutive home games which is tied for the second-longest such skid in NBA history. Dallas holds the record with a 19-game slide back in the 1993-94 campaign.
* The Bulls have split their last eight games overall and have won three of their last four away from home. Chicago has the lowest scoring offense in the NBA this season (93.3 ppg) and the second-best scoring defense (92.3 ppg all.).
* Joakim Noah, who was held to just nine points against the Thunder on Monday, scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the last meeting between these teams on January 18.
* Thaddeus Young has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games after posting just three 20-point performances in his previous 14 contests.

* The NBA’s leading rookie scorer, Michael Carter-Williams, is averaging 18.0 points in his two games against Chicago this season.

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