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* The Nuggets have won five consecutive games against the Bulls – tied (Portland) for the longest active win streak against the Bulls.

stats_logo_400x225* After shooting below 40 percent from the field in three consecutive games, the Nuggets shot 51.3 percent from the field in a 101-90 victory in Milwaukee last night.

* With a victory tonight, the Bulls will match their longest win streak of the season (five games, completed November 8-18 and January 2-11).

* The Bulls have allowed fewer than 12 second chance points in seven consecutive games – the longest active streak in the NBA, and one shy of the longest streak in the NBA this season (achieved by Mavericks and Thunder).

* Kenneth Faried has scored at least 21 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his NBA career.

* Joakim Noah has dished out at least 11 assists in three of his last five games, after failing to do so once over his previous 444 NBA games.

stats_logo_400x225* Chicago defeated Brooklyn, 92-76, in its last game (February 13), and entered the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak. The Bulls are 15-7 (.682) in their last 22 contests – third best in the Eastern Conference since January 1.
* The Raptors beat the Wizards, 103-93, last night, and have also won three straight games overall. Toronto is 10-2 (.833) in its last 12 home contests – tied for the second-best home mark in the NBA since December 28.
* Toronto has won two straight and four of its last five meetings with the Bulls overall (dating to April 9, 2013), holding Chicago under 100 points in each of those contests.
* Joakim Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds in his last game, giving him a team-high 26 double-doubles in the process. Chicago is 16-10 (.615) when Noah has either a double-double or triple-double in 2013-14 [11-15 (.423) in all other games].
* Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 boards last night, and has now posted a double-double in a career-high three straight games overall. Lowry has taken the court 12 times vs. the Cavs in his career, and has yet to record a double-double in any of those contests.
* Toronto is 6-5 (.545) in the second of back-to-back games this season – third best in the East. Chicago is 7-7 when getting 2+ days off between games in 2013-14 (tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference).

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls have won their last three regular season games against the Nets, including a 95-78 victory in Brooklyn on Christmas. Since 2010-11, the Bulls are 5-1 against the Nets at home during the regular season.

* The Nets beat the Bobcats 105-89 on Wednesday. Brooklyn won just 10 of 31 games through December 31, but has gone 14-5 since. Since January 1, no Eastern Conference team has posted a higher win percentage than the Nets (.737).

* The Bulls beat the Hawks 100-85 on Tuesday. Since January 1, the Bulls have held their opponents under 90 points in 11 games, tied for the most in the NBA (also Memphis).

* Joe Johnson has scored at least 10 points in each of his last 23 regular season games against the Bulls, tied for his longest active streak against any single opponent (also against Sacramento and Portland).

* Joakim Noah has recorded at least 12 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in each of his last two regular season home games against the Nets, and has totaled four double-doubles over his last five regular season games against the Nets in Chicago.

* Taj Gibson has recorded four double-doubles over his last eight games, after totaling just four double-doubles over his previous 43 games. Gibson has started the last three games for the Bulls, and has recorded a double-double in six of his eight starts this season.

stats_logo_400x225* In their last six home games against the Hawks (including the playoffs), the Bulls have limited Atlanta to an average of just 75.2 points per game on 37.0 percent shooting from the field. They also have outrebounded the Hawks by an average of 10.8 rebounds per contest over the stretch.

* The Bulls, who have lost back-to-back home games, have had just one longer home losing streak this season (four games, December 7-16).

* While the Hawks have played just nine road games this season against teams that are currently .500 or better, they have lost all nine of those contests.

* Kyle Korver, who has hit exactly three three-pointers in five of his last seven games, has scored fewer than 10 points in three consecutive games for just the second time this season (also January 3-6).

* D.J. Augustin is shooting 51.5 percent (17/33) from three-point range over the last seven games in which he came off the Bulls’ bench.

* Joakim Noah recorded 20 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals against the Lakers on Sunday, which tied him with Dwight Howard for the most games (four) with at least 20 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks this season.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls defeated the Lakers 102-100 in overtime in the teams’ previous matchup this season, and have now won four out of their last five over the Lakers after the Lakers had won seven straight over Chicago.

* The Bulls lost their last game to the Warriors on Thursday after leading by 16 points, their largest blown lead in a loss since losing to the Trail Blazers on November 22 after leading by 21 points.

* Taj Gibson made his sixth start of the season in the Bulls’ loss to the Warriors on Thursday, scoring a career-high tying 26 points. As a starter this season, Gibson is averaging 18.7 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game, compared to 11.7 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game when coming off of the bench.

* D.J. Augustin scored 27 points in the two teams’ prior matchup this season on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the three-point line. Since that game (since January 20), Augustin has averaged 18.2 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting on three-pointers.

stats_logo_400x225* The Warriors swept the season series against the Bulls last season, scoring at least 103 points in both games against Chicago, while holding the Bulls to 95 points or less in each game.

* The Bulls beat the Suns 101-92 on Tuesday and have held their opponents under 100 points in each of their last six games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

* The Warriors lost to the Bobcats 91-75 on Tuesday, setting a season low in field-goal percentage (.312). The Warriors have shot worse than 40 percent from the field in each of their last two games.

* Joakim Noah has recorded a double-double in each of his last two games against the Warriors, and has recorded double-digit rebounds in seven of nine career games against Golden State. Noah is averaging 12.2 rebounds per game against the Warriors over his career, his highest rebounds per game average against any single opponent.

* Carlos Boozer has recorded a double-double in 16 of 23 career games against the Warriors and is averaging 11.8 rebounds per game against Golden State, his highest career rebounding average against any single opponent.

* Since January 1, Stephen Curry has been one of the best scorers in the NBA, averaging 26.9 points per game, the fifth most in the league.

Mired in a two-game skid, the Bulls face a tough test Tuesday in finishing a back-to-back against the league’s hottest team in the upstart Phoenix Suns. But at least Joakim Noah will be available.

The NBA on Tuesday fined Noah $15,000 for verbally abusing officials as he left the Sleep Train Arena court after his third-quarter ejection from Monday’s 99-70 loss in Sacramento.

Noah immediately apologized for his actions afterward and avoided a suspension from Rod Thorn, the league’s President of Basketball Operations.

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* The Bulls defeated Phoenix, 92-87, in their only previous meeting this season on January 7. That pushed Chicago’s record against the Suns to 5-1 since 2010-11, and to 8-2 since 2008-09.

* Chicago suffered its second-largest margin of defeat in 2013-14 on Monday, losing at Sacramento, 99-70. The Bulls’ 70 points represented a season low.

* The Suns have matched a season high by winning their last five games. They haven’t won six in a row since reeling off a 10-game streak between March 14 and April 2 in 2010.

* Joakim Noah was ejected from Monday’s game after picking up two technical fouls. He played just 19 minutes and collected only four rebounds, ending his streak with at least 10 rebounds at 18 games. It was the longest by a Bull since Dennis Rodman produced a 43-game streak between 11/23/1996 and 3/25/1997.

* Goran Dragic has averaged 26.8 points while connecting on 63.9 percent of his field goals over his last four games. He’s scored at least 24 points in each, the first time he’s ever done so in more than two straight games.

* Miles Plumlee led the Suns with 11 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots on Saturday. For the season overall, he’s hitting 56.8 percent of his shots when tied or trailing, compared to just 45.5 percent when leading.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls and Pelicans will be meeting for the second time this season, with the Pelicans winning the first matchup between the two teams on December 2 in triple-overtime on a game-winning Jrue Holiday layup. The Pelicans have now won two out of their last three against the Bulls after Chicago had won eight straight over New Orleans.

* After an eight-game losing streak, the Pelicans have won four out of their last six. However, the Pelicans dropped their last game against the Timberwolves after scoring only 77 points, their fewest in a game since scoring 72 against the Warriors on March 18 of last season.

* With their win over the Spurs on Wednesday, the Bulls have now won three straight road games and seven out of their last eight on the road after starting the season 3-11 away from home. The Bulls’ 7-1 road-record since December 25 is the best in the NBA since then.

* The Bulls had seven players score in double-figures in their win over the Spurs on Wednesday. It was the third time this season the Bulls had seven or more players all score in double-figures – Chicago had only three such games in the previous three seasons combined.

* Joakim Noah has recorded 10 or more rebounds in 17 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the NBA (DeAndre Jordan, 26) and the longest of Noah’s career (previous was nine consecutive games).

* Tyreke Evans has scored 13 or more points in each of his eight career games against the Bulls. In his career against Chicago, Evans has averaged 20.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field

* In the lone meeting between these teams so far in 2013-14, the Clippers beat the Bulls by 39 points (121-82) in Los Angeles on November 24, in what was Chicago’s first game after losing Derrick Rose for the season. It was the second-largest margin of victory by either team in any game in this series, behind only a 40-point (128-88) Bulls’ victory on December 14, 1990.

* The Clippers (0-7) are one of six teams that are winless this season when held to 92 or fewer points. They lost 95-91 at Charlotte on Wednesday. The Bulls, meanwhile, have held opponents to 92 or fewer points 23 times (17-6) in 2013-14; only Indiana (27 games) has done so more often.

* Only the Brooklyn Nets (8-1, .889) have a better record so far this month than do the Bulls (9-2, .818). Chicago is averaging 97.5 points per game in January, up 7.3 ppg from what it put up during December (90.2).

* Jamal Crawford has had four straight games off the bench with 20 or more points. The ex-Bull has nine career 20+ point games against his former club, five of which have been off the bench.

* Joakim Noah has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in 14 straight games, including 15 or more in five of his last six.

* D.J. Augustin is averaging 24.3 points on 62.5 percent from the field, including 12-of-19 (.632) from three-point range, during Chicago’s current three-game win streak. On Wednesday, Augustin made his first start since December 21 in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich (hamstring).

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