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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.

 

stats_logo_400x225* After losing four straight against the Bulls, the Mavericks won their last game against Chicago last season by a narrow margin of 100 to 98. Over their last five games against the Bulls, the Mavericks have been held to just 84.2 points per game on .401 shooting from the field and .280 shooting from long range.

* With their 116 to 107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, the Mavericks have now lost three out of their last four games, and have allowed over 100 points in each of those games. In addition, their opponents have shot .500 from the field and .465 from long range over the Mavericks’ last four games.

* After winning six out of their first seven home games, Chicago has lost four out of their last five games at home. Over their last five at home, the Bulls have been held to just 81.6 points per game on just .384 shooting from the field.

* The Bulls scored 16 fast break points in their last win over the Brooklyn Nets, their most in a game since Derrick Rose was injured. Since Rose’s injury, the Bulls have averaged just 7.9 fast break points per game, the second-fewest in the NBA since then (New York Knicks, 6.9).

* Mike Dunleavy has scored double figures in each of the Bulls’ last five home games, and in eight out of the Bulls’ 12 games at home this season. So far in 2013-14, Dunleavy has averaged 12.3 points per game on .520 shooting from the field and .447 shooting on three-pointers at home, compared to 9.3 points per game on .381 shooting and .333 from long range on the road.

* Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points in the Mavericks’ last game, the sixth consecutive game that Nowitzki scored 20 or more points. Over his last six games, Nowitzki is averaging 23.3 points per game on .524 shooting from the field.

stats_logo_400x225* The teams are facing each other for the first time since the Bulls defeated the Nets in seven games in the first round of the 2013 Eastern Conference playoffs.

* While the Bulls have gone 10-7 all-time on Christmas Day (including a 120-97 home loss to Houston last year), the Nets have gone 4-4 on December 25.

* The Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Cavaliers, 100-84, on Saturday, scoring 100 points or more for just the fifth time this season (fewest in the NBA).

* The Nets have lost three consecutive games, while allowing at least nine three-pointers in each game during the losing streak.

* Paul Pierce was ejected from Monday’s game against the Pacers before scoring a single point – which marked just the second time in his career in which Pierce went scoreless (also March 9, 1999 vs. Hornets).

* Joakim Noah has pulled down double-digit rebounds in six of his last seven games, including 18 against the Cavaliers Saturday night (which tied a season high).

stats_logo_400x225* The Cavaliers and Bulls have split their two meetings so far this season, with the home team being the victor both times. Chicago has won six of its last seven home games in this series.

* The Bulls are 3-13 (.188) since November 21; entering this weekend, only the Philadelphia 76ers (2-11, .154) have a worse record since that date. Chicago has been held below 100 points in eight straight games, averaging 83.3 ppg on 37.8 percent shooting during this streak.

* Chicago has used four different starting point guards this season: Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague and D.J. Augustin. With Rose and Hinrich out with injuries and Teague struggling, Augustin has started the last two games, putting up 23 points (on 43.8 FG%) and 14 assists.

* Tristan Thompson has posted a double-double in both of his games against the Bulls this season, averaging 14 ppg and 13.5 rpg in these contests. He had just one double-double in his first seven career games against Chicago.

stats_logo_400x225*  The Thunder have won all three meetings between these teams since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, outscoring the Bulls by an average of 16.7 points per game in those contests (97.0 to 80.3).

* The Bulls have dropped 12 of their last 15 games since starting the season 6-3. Chicago is just 1-6 against Western Conference teams so far this season.

* Oklahoma City has won seven straight games and is 15-1 over its last 16 contests overall. The Thunder, who have yet to lose at home this season (12-0), are one win away from matching the Thunder/SuperSonics franchise record for consecutive home wins to start a season (13 by the 1976-77 Seattle SuperSonics).

* Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.2 points, 9.8 assists and 9.2 rebounds over his last six games, posting a double-double in five of those contests.

* Joakim Noah has struggled in his recent games against the Thunder, averaging 7.0 points on just 29.4 percent shooting from the field in the last four meetings between the teams.

* Kevin Durant is coming off his league-leading 12th 30-point game of the season in Oklahoma City’s 105-93 victory at Denver on Tuesday. Durant has reached 30 points just once in 11 career games against Chicago, tied for his fewest against any team in the league (also one vs. Toronto).

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* Houston has won each of the last three meetings between these teams, last losing to the Bulls back on December 4, 2010.

* The Bulls have lost 11 of their last 14 games overall, including six of their last eight road contests. Chicago is holding its foes to just 92.4 points per game this season – the third-best scoring defense in the NBA.

* The Rockets have just one loss in their last nine home games. Houston owns the second-best scoring offense in the NBA this season (107.0 PPG), while Chicago has the third-lowest mark (91.2 PPG).

* James Harden has scored at least 25 points in each of his last five games overall and 25+ in each of his last two meetings with Chicago.

* Luol Deng is averaging 21.5 points in his two games since returning from an Achilles injury which caused him to miss four games.

* Dwight Howard has posted a double-double in six consecutive games and has 16 overall on the season – fifth-most in the NBA.

stats_logo_400x225* Chicago swept all four games in last year’s season series with Orlando, improving to 9-1 over the last 10 meetings. The Bulls have outscored the Magic by an average margin of 95-87 over the 10 games.

* Orlando’s comeback bid fell short in a 101-98 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday. The Magic fell to 1-8 over their last nine games. Orlando is 0-15 this season when allowing more than 94 points.

* The Bulls are 1-4 over their past five games, with all four losses occurring when they’ve scored 78 points or fewer. On the positive side, Chicago has allowed fewer than 100 points in each of its last six games, the longest active streak in the league.

* Over his last two visits to Chicago, Arron Afflalo has averaged 25.0 points while shooting 62.1 percent (18-for-29) from the field and hitting all nine of his free throws.

* Nikola Vucevic has recorded double-doubles in each of his last four games against the Bulls, during which time he’s averaged 17.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.

* Joakim Noah has totaled 12 blocked shots over his last four games, after generating 13 over his first 17 games of the season. He’s also registered double-doubles in each of his past three starts.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bucks have won three of the last four games in the series, but the road team has prevailed in each of the last six meetings.

* Chicago lost in New York City on Wednesday, 83-78, for the team’s third straight defeat. Since the Bulls won five in a row in mid-November, they have lost nine of their last 11 contests.

* The Bucks have alternated wins and losses over their last four games after winning only three of their 18 games prior to that.

* In the 78-74 win over the Bulls on Tuesday, John Henson scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds; in his previous four career games versus the Bulls, Henson had a combined total of 22 points and 11 boards.

* Brandon Knight chipped in with 19 and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s win; it was the first time this season that two Bucks had posted double-doubles in the same contest (last time was last April 15 vs. Nuggets).

* Mike Dunleavy scored 24 points in the loss to the Bucks, then followed it up with a 20-point performance the next night in New York; Dunleavy had not had back-to-back 20-point games since March 2012, and he has not had three such games in a row since the last three games of the 2007-08 campaign.

stats_logo_400x225* The Knicks are looking to avenge their 82-81 loss to the Bulls earlier this season that saw them fall via a Derrick Rose floater with six seconds remaining in the game.  New York has lost six straight to Chicago.

* The Bulls are 2-6 since losing Derrick Rose on November 22 after starting the season 6-5. Before the Rose injury, Chicago was outscoring opponents by 3.0 points per game. In the games since, though, that figure is at -4.6.

* After two consecutive 30-plus point wins, the Knicks have lost their last two by an average of 28.0 points per game. New York’s average scoring margin has fallen to -4.4 points per game this season from +4.2 last season – the third-largest decline in the league.

* Including Rose, the Bulls were without four of their five opening-night starters on Tuesday as Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah were sidelined with injuries. They scored a season-low 74 points in a loss to Milwaukee.

* Carmelo Anthony had a career-high 6 steals in the teams’ first meeting this season to go along with 22 points and six assists. In his last four games versus the Bulls, Anthony is averaging 31.5 points on 28.8 shots per game.

* After averaging 13.5 points per game on .529 shooting in the Knicks’ last two wins, Iman Shumpert has combined to score two points on one of ten (.100) shooting in the Knicks’ last two games.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bucks have managed just four wins all season, with two of those wins coming on the road, including a win in their last road game at Washington on Friday, a 109-105 victory in overtime.

* Milwaukee is one of four NBA teams to have six players averaging more than 10 points per game.

* Chicago lost big to Detroit in their last game 75-92, just their second home loss of the season. The Bulls are a stellar 6-2 at home this season, just 2-8 on the road.

* Last season the home team floundered in this series, with Milwaukee winning both games in Chicago while the Bulls won both games in Milwaukee. Chicago has won 10 of the last 12 games overall in the series.

* Luol Deng did not play in Chicago’s last game. The Bulls have lost each of the last four games that Deng had to sit out.

* Carlos Boozer is averaging 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in his career against the Bucks, and 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds in his 24 career starts against Milwaukee.

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