The United Center hasn't been a comforting place for the host Chicago Bulls as of late. The Bulls will look to prevent a third consecutive home loss and fifth in seven outings when the Atlanta Hawks pay a visit on Monday. Carlos Boozer had 15 points in Chicago's 97-81 home loss to Phoenix on Saturday. The Hawks have lost five of their last six games.
While the Bulls are struggling in front of their home fans, the Hawks aren't exactly thrilled to step foot in the United Center, either. Atlanta has lost four straight in that building - as well as four straight road contests overall. The reeling Hawks suffered quite the indignity on Saturday when they dropped a 93-83 decision to woe-begotten Washington.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Atlanta), Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NBATV
ABOUT THE HAWKS (21-15): Al Horford collected a double-double on Saturday against the Wizards - as he did in Atlanta's 92-75 victory over Chicago on Dec. 22. The big man had 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Bulls and is tied with Boozer for the most double-doubles in the Eastern Conference with 19. Josh Smith, who leads Atlanta with 16.7 points per game, was limited to 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting versus Washington.
ABOUT THE BULLS (20-15): After making 27 of his last 44 shots, Luol Deng struggled from the field (5-for-16) against Phoenix. The Sudan native will look for a better performance against Atlanta after scoring just 11 in the earlier loss. Joakim Noah is averaging a double-double with 12.4 points and 10.5 rebounds - and he's registered a double-double in three of his last five games.
1. The Teague brothers will once again square off. Older brother Jeff Teague had 11 points and eight assists, while Chicago rookie Marquis Teague had eight points in the earlier meeting.
2. The Bulls, who are averaging just 93.5 points per game, eclipsed that total in five of their previous six contests.
3. Chicago has won five of the last seven meetings against Atlanta.
Bulls 98, Hawks 93.