The Bulls are without their All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, their starting center Joakim Noah and small forward Luol Deng. Without a doubt the three best players on the team. Chicago will also play their second game in two nights whereas their opponents for the evening, the Dallas Mavericks, has had three days off.
Dallas are looking forward to having guard Jason Terry back in action tonight, after missing two weeks of action. The veteran will wear a protective mask.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich returns from suspension tonight, and will likely start at point guard for the injured Rose. Hinrich got suspended for one game in Miami for bumping referee Bennie Adams.
Guard Acie Law scored 18 points against Memphis, as the Bulls started three guards in Law, Jannero Pargo and Flip Murray. Murray scored 25 points and Pargo contributed 12 points on 15 shots. The Bulls turned the ball over 19 times, and got close to no production from rookie forwards Taj Gibson and James Johnson.
Chicago will look to snap an eight game losing streak, but the task at hand tonight is extremely difficult. The Mavericks have won 13 of their last 14 games, and have played well after their trade with Washington, in which they acquired forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood.
Forward Dirk Nowitzki is having an MVP caliber season and is a player Dallas can go in tight games. Chicago will need an elite defensive effort tonight to get out of Dallas with a W.