Tonight, the Chicago Bulls (22-22) travel south to take on the Spurs (33-11) in San Antonio. Here's what you need to know:
Time: 9:30 PM eastern, 6:30 PM pacific
Watch on: The Mothership, ESPN
Venue: The AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
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|D.J. Augustin||PG||Tony Parker|
|Jimmy Butler||SG||Cory Joseph|
|Mike Dunleavy||SF||Marco Belinelli|
|Carlos Boozer||PF||Boris Diaw|
|Joakim Noah||C||Tim Duncan|
Injuries: Kirk Hinrich is a game time decision (hamstring) and Derrick Rose (knee) is still out for the Bulls. The Spurs are without Danny Green (hand), Tiago Splitter (shoulder), Kawhi Leonard (hand), and Manu Ginobli (hamstring) tonight.
The last time these teams met: The Spurs won at home vs the Bulls last March, 101-83. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 18 points and 8 rebounds while current Spur Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 21 points and 7 assists.
Stat you didn't know: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have been teammates since the 2002-03 season and they have played in 657 career games together, the most among active players. That also ranks them fourth in most games played as a trio in NBA history. Once Manu returns from injury, the trio will be just 7 games away from passing Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.
Another stat you didn't know: Over his last eight games, D.J. Augustin has averaged 20.3 ppg, 5.6 apg, 2.6 rpg and 0.90 spg; he has also shot .500 (55-110 FG) from the floor. Remember when we laughed when the Bulls signed this guy? Thibs brings out the best in everyone.
Prediction: The bump-and-grind Bulls will take advantage of the undermanned Spurs and beat them in a low-scoring, close game.
Bulls: 81; Spurs: 78