Bulls at Hawks 3/28/12: Game Preview, Rose and Hamilton Still Out

Bulls at Hawks 3/28/12: Game Preview, Rose and Hamilton Still Out
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The Bulls are in Atlanta tonight, and their streak of not losing back-to-back games since Feb 5-7, 2011 is certainly in jeapordy.

Rose and Hamilton will be sitting out once again, and while the Hawks are still without Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and Josh Smith have done outstanding work in his absence.

Carlos Boozer has been the Bulls top offensive threat as of late, he's going to need to have a big night vs Smith for the Bulls to win this one.

The Hawks are probably the league's biggest enigma, outside of maybe the Magic. They can look awesome one night and D-League-worthy the next.

If the good Hawks show up tonight, it's going to be a very difficult game for the Bulls. But after Monday's defensive debacle against Denver, I'd be utterly shocked if the Bulls didn't come out with their A+ game on defense tonight.

Here are tonight's game notes, courtesy of NBA.com/stats:

This marks the fourth time the Bulls and Hawks will face each other this season; Chicago is 2-1 against Atlanta this year, taking the last matchup, 90-79 on Feb. 20

Chicago also took the first matchup 76-74 at the United Center (on Jan. 3, 2012), while the Hawks claimed the second meeting at Philips Arena 109-94

In the first meeting, the Bulls outscored the Hawks 34-18 in the 4th quarter to overcome a 19-point deficit. Derrick Rose (30 points; 17 4th quarter points) and Luol Deng (21 points; 13 4th quarter points) combined to score 30 points in the final quarter.

Last season, including the postseason, Chicago went 3-2 at Philips Arena

The Bulls won last year’s season series with Atlanta 2-1; it was Chicago’s first series win over the Hawks since 2006-07 when the Bulls went 4-0

Prior to last year’s road win in Atlanta on March 22 (Bulls won 114-81), Chicago had dropped six road games in a row versus the Hawks

The Bulls are 45-60 all-time on the road against the Hawks

The Bulls have won 17 of the last 30 meetings with the Hawks, including 10 of the last 15 at the United Center.

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