Bulls Game Notes For Thursday @ Sacramento
* The Kings have beaten the Bulls by 42 (121-79 on 3/13/13) and 29 (99-70 on 2/3/14) points in the latter’s last two trips to Sacramento; since the 2012-13 season, the Bulls have had only three other losses by 29-plus points.
* The Bulls beat the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, 105-89, and they have won their first six road games of the season for the first time since 1996, which was one of their championship seasons.
* The Kings lost to the Pelicans on Tuesday, 106-100, and have lost four of their last five games after starting out the season with a 5-1 record.
* DeMarcus Cousins has recorded four straight double-doubles, which is tied for the longest active streak (also Jordan Hill). Cousins (22.5/11.6) and Anthony Davis (25.5/11.4) are the only players averaging 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds this season (minimum 9 games).
* In his last three home games against the Kings, Joakim Noah has averaged 22.7 points and 10.7 rebounds; in his last three games in Sacramento, Noah has scored a combined total of 19 points (6.3 ppg) and 17 rebounds (5.7 rpg).
* Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.3 points per game, up from 13.1 ppg a season ago — that increase of 8.2 ppg is the second highest in the league this year (Evan Fournier +8.9; minimum 75 percent of team games played). Butler has averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists over his last three contests.