Grizzlies at Bulls
The Chicago Bulls, having won five straight on the road, might be a bit reluctant to return home to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, but they'll do so knowing the home team has won the past four meetings in the series. The Bulls got an off-balance fadeaway jumper from Marco Belinelli for a 100-99 overtime win over Boston on Friday. Now it's back to United Center, where they're a mediocre 11-10 entering a four-game homestand.
Memphis had dropped three straight by 20 or more points before rebounding with an 85-69 home win over Sacramento on Friday. The Grizzlies have lost two straight on the road but have a respectable 10-8 mark away from home. It's the second of two meetings this season; Memphis won 80-71 at home Dec. 17. The teams split a pair of contests last season.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Memphis), WGN (Chicago), NBATV
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (25-13): Memphis overcame some internal strife - including trade talks surrounding leading scorer Rudy Gay (17.6 points) - and the absence of star forward Zach Randolph (16.4 points, 11.6 rebounds) to snap its skid. Randolph sat out Friday with a strained back and will travel with the team to Chicago but is considered day-to-day. If Randolph can't go, the Grizzlies will need more in the post from center Marc Gasol (13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds).
ABOUT THE BULLS (23-15): Chicago is expected to be without leading scorer Luol Deng (17.4 points, 6.4 rebounds), who left with a strained right hamstring in the third quarter Friday. That's a huge blow, as Deng averages 39.8 minutes, and it puts pressure on Carlos Boozer (16.2 points, 10 rebounds), Joakim Noah (12.4 points, 10.8 rebounds) and Richard Hamilton (12.3 points) to pick up the scoring slack.
1. The Bulls are 10-0 when scoring 100 or more points. Memphis has allowed 100 or more only four times in 38 games.
2. Memphis F Marreese Speights had 10 points and nine rebounds starting in place of Randolph on Friday and has averaged 16 points and 11 boards in two starts this season.
3. Boozer has recorded double-doubles in four consecutive games and 10 of the past 11.