Chicago Bulls to visit Brooklyn Nets Friday
Chicago Bulls (12-42, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (29-27, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Brooklyn; Friday, 7 p.m. Eastern
The Nets are 20-15 in Eastern Conference games. Brooklyn is 10-13 in games decided by 10 points or more.
The Bulls have gone 9-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago is 5-20 in games decided by 10 points or more. The Nets took home a victory in the previous meeting between these two teams on Jan. 29. D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn with 30 points and Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Russell leads the Nets averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers and averages 19.8 points while shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc. Shabazz Napier has scored 14.1 points and collected 2.2 rebounds while shooting 41.0 percent over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
Lauri Markkanen has shot 43.4 percent and is averaging 17.9 points for the Bulls. Kris Dunn has averaged 11 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 40.0 percent over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 2-8, averaging 107.5 points, 43.6 rebounds, 22.2 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting.
Nets: 6-4, averaging 112.1 points, 48.5 rebounds, 24.5 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting.
Nets Injuries: Spencer Dinwiddie: out (torn right thumb ligaments), Jared Dudley: out (left hamstring).
Bulls Injuries: Wendell Carter Jr.: out (left thumb), Denzel Valentine: out for season (ankle), Chandler Hutchison: out (right toe fracture), Zach LaVine: day to day (ankle).