The Hawks return to the Highlight Factory to host the team with the NBA's best record, the Chicago Bulls. Despite missing reigning MVP Derrick Rose for much of the second half of the season, the Bulls continue to add to their win total.
With the Hawks winning streak coming to an end with last night's loss in Milwaukee, Atlanta is looking to end a much longer streak of Chicago's. The Bulls, who lost to Denver on Monday night, have not lost consecutive games in the regular season in over a year. The last time that happened was February 5-7, 2011, a span of 83 games.
>> Hawks - Al Horford (pectoral muscle) and Jannero Pargo (appendix) are both out. Vladimir Radmanovic (back) is day-to-day.
>> Bulls - Richard Hamilton (right shoulder) is out. Luol Deng (left wrist), Derrick Rose (right groin), and C.J. Watson (left ankle) are all day-to-day..
Keys to the Game:
The Hawks have been able to overcome early deficits a lot lately, but they should not count on the Bulls, a team with only 11 losses all season, to let them back in to the game if they are spotted a big lead early. Atlanta will need to be sharp right from the opening tip and bring plenty of energy to what should be a packed house at the Highlight Factory.
TURNOVERS / SHOT SELECTION
Even without Rose, one of the most explosive athletes in the league, the Bulls thrive on easy baskets in transition. Atlanta will need to keep Chicago's offense operating in a half court set, and to do that they will need to take good shots and limit turnovers.
- Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo each played multiple seasons for the Bulls in Chicago.