The Bulls roll into Philadelphia to play their third game in four nights, and their loss to Nets on Wednesday should prevent this from becoming a let down game before their tilt against Boston tomorrow.
Philadelphia will be looking to avenge a 45 point blow out at the hands of the Bulls a couple weeks back at the United Center while the Bulls will be looking to get back into the win column and prove the dust up about Boozer's benching really is much adieu about nothing.
Keys to the game
Derrick Rose needs to step it up
Not that he's played badly, but he's the team's leader, and when the team struggles, the leader needs to respond. The Bulls have won most of their recent games, but they've been barely hanging on in many of the wins and have notched a couple close losses.
Look for Derrick Rose to respond early and play with high energy to help get the Bulls started on the right track. The 76ers don't have much in the way of interior defense or perimeter defenders to slow him down, so he should have an easy time at getting off to a fast start.
Carlos Boozer will come out with a strong effort
After a statement benching for his lousy defense, look for Boozer to rebound in a big way. He's been positive on twitter and had good things to say in interviews today. He looks primed to go and give the Bulls a big lift.
The 76ers run Brand and Hawes for the majority of their big men minutes when not playing small, and neither guy is the type to give Boozer a lot of trouble. Both are guys that Kurt Thomas can handle as well, so the Bulls shouldn't be at a liability in the front court tonight.
Put them away early by winning the fundamentals battle
It's somewhat of a broken record, but when playing a bad team on the road, the goal is to control the glass, limit turnovers, and don't let them keep the crowd in the game. The bench players typically play much better when geeked up by an active crowd so put everyone on their hands early.
The 76ers will be missing Andre Iguodala for the game, and the Bulls should have an overwhelming talent advantage, so don't let Philly hang around.
Philly just doesn't have the horses to hang in this game with Iguodala out. The Bulls need to focus, take care of business, and should be looking another big win in the eyes at the end of the night.