Bulls vs Bucks, Game Preview, 2/22/12, 7 PM CT

Bulls vs Bucks, Game Preview, 2/22/12, 7 PM CT
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The Bulls play their final game before the All-Star break tonight when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the United Center for a 7 PM CT game.

CJ Watson is still questionable because of the head injury he sustained Saturday vs New Jersey, but as of this time Derrick Rose is expected to play.

In all honesty this is one the Bulls should win even if Rose doesn't play, as the Bucks are still struggling to recover from the loss of center Andrew Bogut earlier this year. However with the weakness in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference this year, the Bucks are only 2 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot.


Milwaukee Bucks (13-19) at Chicago Bulls (26-8)

Offensive Efficiency: Bulls 107.8 (3rd in NBA), Bucks 102.7 (18th)

Defensive Efficiency: Bulls 97.6 (2nd), Bucks 104.5 (19th)


Here are the game notes, courtesy of NBA Media Central:

- In the Bulls' 113-90 win at the Bradley Center on Feb. 4, the Bulls outrebounded the Bucks 53-39

- The Bulls also shot .533 from the field, and limited the Bucks to just .398 from the field

- In their first meeting this year on Jan. 27, the Bulls defeated Milwaukee 107-100; Derrick Rose led the way with 34 points, while Carlos Boozer (20 points and 13 boards) and Joakim Noah (15 points and 16 boards) both recorded double-doubles

- Since the 2003-04 season, the Bulls have gone a combined 24-10 against Milwaukee (14-3 at the UC)

- The Bulls are 71-37 all-time in the Windy City, including 29-8 at the United Center

- The Bulls are 10-4 versus the Bucks since Scott Skiles was named Milwaukee’s Head Coach prior to the 2008-09 campaign

- This evening is Chicago’s 35th game of the regular season (the most games played by an NBA team to date). Beginning with Chicago’s Christmas Day game against the L.A. Lakers, following tonight’s contest against Milwaukee, the Bulls will have played 35 games in 60 days. After the All-Star break, Chicago will close out the remainder of the regular season by playing 31 games in 59 days.

- With a record of 26-8 (.765), the Bulls are on pace to finish with a record of 50-16). During an 82-game regular season, Chicago’s current winning percentage would translate to a record of 63-19.

- On Monday, Derrick Rose returned after a five-game absence, contributing nine points and an assist as the Bulls rolled to a 35-17 lead after one quarter and took a 90-79 decision over the Hawks. Rose has averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 assists in the first quarter in the 24 games he has played this season. Only one NBA player has had that type of first-quarter production-points and assists over the last 10 seasons: LeBron James averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 assists in the first quarter two seasons ago with the Cavs (Elias Sports Bureau).

- Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau has used eight different starting lineups this season. The starting five of Derrick Rose, Ronnie Brewer, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah has enjoyed the most success, going 11-1 this year.

- In Thursday’s win over Boston, the Bulls dished out 27 assists on 30 field goals (90.0%), the highest percentage by one team in an NBA game in almost two years. The last team with assists on at least 90 percent of its field goals was Charlotte versus Toronto in March 2010 (29 of 32, 91%). The last time Chicago did that was in December 2001 in a loss to Atlanta (28 of 31, 90.3%; Elias Sports Bureau)



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