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stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Cavaliers, with each of their last 10 victories against Cleveland coming by double digits.

* The only Eastern Conference team to have a better record than the Bulls (8-2) in 2014 is the Nets (8-1).

* The Cavaliers have allowed at least 100 points in each of their last six games – the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Lakers, nine).

* Kyrie Irving is one of just three players (also Kevin Durant and James Harden) currently leading his team in points, assists, steals, three-pointers and free throws made.

* D.J. Augustin came off the bench to score 27 against the Lakers Monday night. Over the last five seasons, only one Bulls bench player (Nate Robinson, 35 vs. Knicks on April 11, 2013) has scored more points in a regular season game.

* Luol Deng will be facing his former team for the first time tonight. Deng (10,286) is one of just five players who have ever scored more than 10,000 points for the Bulls.

stats_logo_400x225* These teams have split their last six meetings, with neither team reaching 100 points in any of those six games (Lakers 89.7 ppg; Bulls 88.3 ppg).

* After road wins over Boston (107-104) and Toronto (112-106), the Lakers have a chance to match their longest win streak of the season tonight (won three straight Nov. 17-24).

* The Bulls are 10-2 (.833) when scoring 96 or more points this season, third best in the NBA. Their 12 games scoring 96 or more are tied for the fewest in the NBA, however (with Bucks).

* Joakim Noah has double-digit rebounds in 12 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the league. For the season he averages 11.0 rebounds per game, seventh in the NBA.
* Nick Young scored a season-high 29 points off the bench in Sunday’s 112-106 win over Toronto. He leads the NBA this season with 17.8 points per game off the bench (min. 20 G).

* Pau Gasol has scored 20 or more points in four straight games, his longest such streak in nearly three years (four straight from March 22-31, 2011).

stats_logo_400x225* The Wizards have held the Bulls under 100 points in each of the teams’ last nine meetings, the longest active streak for Washington against any opponent.

* Washington has shot at least .520 from the floor in each of its last two games. It’s the first time the Wizards have shot .520 or better in back-to-back games since March 7-9, 2009 (.527 against Dallas, .526 against Minnesota).

* Nene Hilario had a career-high nine assists in Washington’s win over Miami on Wednesday, and has had 20 assists over his past three games – the most in any three-game span in his career.

* The Bulls pulled out a three-overtime win over Orlando in their last contest. D.J. Augustin (nine assists), Jimmy Butler (6), Mike Dunleavy (6) and Joakim Noah (6) all had at least six assists in the game, the first time Chicago has had four players with 6+ assists in the same game since March 18, 1999, against the Nets (Randy Brown 7, Toni Kukoc 7, Brent Barry 6, Ron Harper 6).

* Joakim Noah has had at least 10 rebounds and two assists in eight consecutive games, the longest streak by a Bulls player since Dennis Rodman had a 13-game streak from November 25 – December 25, 1996.

* Mike Dunleavy is shooting .583 (14/24) from three-point range since January 1, tops in the NBA over that span (minimum 20 attempts).

stats_logo_400x225* When Orlando beat the Bulls 83-82 in Chicago on December 16, it snapped its five-game losing skid in this series. However, the Bulls have won their last six road games against the Magic.

* Chicago saw its five-game win streak snapped when it lost at home to the Wizards on Monday. The 102-88 defeat also snapped the team’s seven-game streak of holding opponents below 100 points; Chicago is 0-8 this season when allowing 100+ points.

* Orlando has lost its last eight games, failing to score more than 94 points in any of these contests. The last time any team lost at least nine straight games in a season while scoring 94 or fewer points in each contest was a 10-game skid by the Bobcats April 9-23, 2012.

* Joakim Noah had 16 rebounds in Monday’s loss to Washington. It was his ninth straight game pulling down double-digit boards, which is the third-longest active streak in the NBA (DeAndre Jordan, LAC – 16 & DeMarcus Cousins, Sac – 11).

* The Magic re-inserted Victor Oladipo into the starting lineup four games ago. The rookie is averaging 14.2 points per game on 40.7 percent shooting as a starter, compared to 11.9 ppg on 40.4 percent from the floor when he comes off the bench.

* D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich have combined for 32 assists over the last two games. In the 11 games Augustin and Hinrich have both played in since the former joined the team on December 13 (Hinrich missed five games due to injury), they have more or less been on the floor for the same amount of time (311:45 for Hinrich, 291:54 for Augustin) and combined for 10.1 assists per game.

stats_logo_400x225* These teams split four games last season, with each winning twice on its own home court. Washington is 3-2 over the past five meetings, after losing seven in row to Chicago immediately before.

* After scoring a season-low 66 points on Friday, the Wizards improved to 107 points but still lost to Houston on Saturday, 114-107. It was Washington’s second-most points allowed in 2013-14.

* The Bulls have matched a season best by winning their last five games. At 17-18 in 2013-14, Chicago could return to .500 for the first time since November 29 (7-7).

* Wizards point guard John Wall has seen his field-goal percentage (.469, .434, .389, .375) and scoring average (5.7, 5.1, 4.9, 4.2) decrease with each successive period in 2013-14.

* Kevin Seraphin scored a season-high 18 points versus Houston on Saturday. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Bulls before he was traded to Washington that summer,

* Former Bobcat D.J. Augustin led the Bulls in both scoring (20 points) and assists (12) against Charlotte on Saturday. Both marks represented season highs for Augustin, as he produced his first 20-10 game since March 17, 2012.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls and Bucks are meeting for the third time this season, with each team winning on the other’s floor so far. Chicago has won seven straight games in Milwaukee – their longest active road win streak versus any opponent.

* Chicago has failed to score 100 points on the road in 14 consecutive games – no other active NBA streak is longer than nine games (Magic). The last time the Bulls went this long without hitting the century mark on the road in a season was a 21-game streak from January 7 to March 29, 2004.

* The Bucks, meanwhile, have allowed 100+ points at home in six of their last eight games and their 3 wins and 3-13 home record are both league-worst marks. On pace to finish the season with 7 home wins, Milwaukee is at risk of finishing with the worst home record in team history (11-30 in 1993-94).

* Joakim Noah finished Tuesday’s win versus Phoenix with 14 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. His four 15-plus rebound, five-plus assist games lead the Eastern Conference, where no other player has more than one (Josh Smith, Det; Nikola Vucevic, Orl).

* For his career, Kirk Hinrich is averaging 14.4 points per game at Milwaukee – his most on the road versus any opponent in which he has played more than five times.

* In these teams’ last meeting on December 10, John Henson posted a (season-high) 25 point, 14 rebound, (season-high tying) 6 block, (career-high tying) 3 steal line in a Bucks’ victory. He is only player in the NBA to post such a line this season.

stats_logo_400x225* When Phoenix beat the Bulls 97-81 in Chicago on January 12, 2013, it snapped the Suns’ four-game losing streak in this series.

* This game is the first on the Suns’ five-game road trip. Phoenix is 8-7 away from home so far in 2013-14, including having won four of its last five.

* The Bulls have held three straight opponents to 85 or fewer points (2-1). Their 92.2 opponent scoring average for the season is second best in the NBA, behind only Indiana (88.6)

* Goran Dragic has 162 fast-break points on the season, which ranks fifth in the NBA and second among guards (John Wall, Was – 179).

* Joakim Noah has pulled down double-digit rebounds in five straight games, which is tied with Anderson Varejao for the third-longest active streak in the NBA.

* By trading Luol Deng to Cleveland (for Andrew Bynum and draft picks), the Bulls lose a two-time All-Star who was the team’s leading scorer (19.0) this season. Deng ranks fourth all-time on the Bulls’ career scoring list (10.286) and fifth in games played (637).

stats_logo_400x225* These teams split their four meetings in 2012-13, with each club winning once at home and once on the road. Boston has lost six of its last seven trips to Chicago.
* The Celtics will be looking to avoid their third three-game road losing streak of the season. Boston is averaging just 91.7 points on the road this season – the third-lowest road scoring offense in the NBA this season.
* The Bulls have just one win in their last seven home games, while averaging just 81.4 points per game in those contests.

* Luol Deng scored 16 points and had four rebounds against Toronto on Tuesday after missing his previous five games with an Achilles injury. Deng has scored a total of just 11 points in his last two meetings with Boston.

* Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and scored a career-high 21 points against Atlanta on Tuesday, while scoring in double figures for just the fourth time this season.

* Chicago is holding its opponents to 83.3 points in its 12 wins this season, while limiting its opponents to 81 points or less seven times in those victories.

stats_logo_400x225* Currently at 13-15 (.464), the Raptors are one game ahead of the Celtics for the Atlantic Division lead. The last time Toronto was on top of the division after 28 games or later in a season was at the end of the 2006-07 when they won the Atlantic Division.

* After winning their first five home games of the season, the Bulls have are just 2-6 in December home games. Chicago’s .250 win percentage at home in December is tied for the fourth lowest in the league.

* In the Raptors’ win over the Knicks on Saturday, Kyle Lowry had 32 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds. Lowry has scored 20+ points in four of his last five games and is averaging 22.4 points and 9.2 assists during this span.

* In the Bulls’ win over the Grizzlies yesterday, Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was Boozer’s 195th game with 20+points and 10+ rebounds in his career, sixth most among players since he came into the league in 2002-03.

* After scoring 20+ points just once in his first 25 games of the season, Terrence Ross has scored 23 points in two of his last three games. Over these last three games, Ross is averaging 19.0 points and is shooting 55.0% from the field.

* After averaging 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in November, Joakim Noah is averaging 13.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in December. Over his last four home games, Noah is averaging 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds.

stats_logo_400x225* Memphis has won each of the last three overall meetings between these teams and is 12-2 in its last 14 home games against Chicago.

* The Bulls have split their last four road games after winning just two of their first 11 games away from home to open the season.

* Memphis defeated Denver by a score of 120-99 on Saturday, its highest scoring game since putting up 128 against the Kings back on January 21, 2012. The Grizzlies are 7-1 this season when hitting the century mark.

* The Grizzlies have won three of their last four games after posting just one win in their previous eight contests. Memphis will be looking to win three consecutive home games for the first time this season.

* Joakim Noah is averaging just 5.3 points in his career against Memphis – the lowest scoring average in his career against any opponent.

* Zach Randolph has scored at least 20 points in each of his last four games, however, he has failed to hit the 20-point mark in his last four against the Bulls – averaging just 10.3 points in those contests.