Game 33: Chicago Bulls (20-12) versus Milwaukee Bucks (14-22)
Location: United Center – Chicago
Time: 7:00 p.m. central
TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus, NBA TV
The Bulls will take on the Bucks for the first time this regular season on Tuesday night.
The Bucks haven’t been as competitive of a team as some fans and media have expected with a record of 14-22, which is bad enough for No. 13 in the East and last in the Central Division. But, with the way the Bulls have played according to their level of competition, this Tuesday night matchup could be a close one.
Then again, the Bulls have fared relatively well as of late. They’ve achieved a four-game winning streak without some key players: Derrick Rose was inactive for three of those games, and Mike Dunleavy and Joakim Noah were absent for all for all of them.
The Bulls’ depth has really proved itself with these injuries, too, as the bench players have stepped up as of late — there have been multiple bench players scoring in double figures excluding the win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday when Jimmy Butler put up 40 second-half points to carry his team.
Matchup of the Game
Derrick Rose versus Jabari Parker
This isn’t a typical matchup of guard against guard, forward against forward. In fact, it’s likely Rose and Parker won’t see much time guarding the other considering Rose is a point guard while Parker is a power forward; however, these two players are both Chicago natives and Simeon Career Academy alumni.
Rose has sat out the past three games because of right hamstring tendinitis, but, he is expected to return in Tuesday night’s game.
Hoiberg said Rose participated in shootaround and "feels really good." Gametime decision. Optimism he'll play.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 5, 2016
Jan. 3: Bulls defeat Toronto Raptors, 115-113
Butler had a record-breaking 40 points in the second half of the Bulls’ Sunday afternoon win over the Raptors, besting Michael Jordan‘s previous record of 39 points in a single half. Butler had just two points in the first half before going off for his record 40.
Jan. 4: Bucks lose to San Antonio Spurs, 123-98
The Bucks held a 30-29 advantage over the Spurs after the first quarter, but the Spurs were their usual dominant selves for the rest of the game. The Spurs scored at least 30 points in the remaining three quarters while the Bucks couldn’t scrounge up another 30-point quarter for the rest of the night.
The Spurs also had a huge 60-42 advantage in points in the paint, scored 13 fast-break points to the Bucks’ three fast-break points and scored 28 points off the Bucks’ 16 total team turnovers.
Dunleavy (back) and Noah remain out. Rose (hamstring), who has missed the Bulls’ last three games, is a gametime decision.
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