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National Basketball Association
Preview
Chicago at Utah
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, November 24, 2014
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Chicago Bulls have been a contender in the Eastern Conference for years, but always with the qualifier “if healthy.” The injury-depleted Bulls will try to avoid a third straight loss when they continue their road trip at the Utah Jazz on Monday. Taj Gibson was the latest to join the injury list when he was sent home from the road trip after suffering a sprained ankle in the third quarter of Friday’s 105-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Jazz had no answer for Anthony Davis in a 106-94 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday and have dropped five of their last seven while averaging just 94 points in that stretch. Guard Alec Burks has been held to 10 or fewer points four times in the last five games and bottomed out at two points on 1-of-11 shooting on Saturday. Burks will be going up against one of the few healthy Chicago stars left in guard Jimmy Butler, who has taken over as the team’s leading scorer with Derrick Rose battling various ailments.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, ROOT (Utah)

ABOUT THE BULLS (8-5): Rose is dealing with a hamstring problem and has missed eight of 13 games with hamstring and ankle issues while Pau Gasol (calf) has missed three straight and joins Rose as day-to-day. The one positive in Portland came from Nikola Mirotic, who registered career highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds against Portland. “(Mirotic) competed hard and is somebody who is a difference maker on the offensive end,” center Joakim Noah told reporters. “He can score the ball, he can shoot, can pass. He’s getting better every day. That’s good for us.”

ABOUT THE JAZZ (5-9): Utah fell into a 17-point hole at the half against the Pelicans after going down 53-32 at the break in a 101-88 loss at Golden State on Friday. “When you play like that at the beginning of the game,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters, “it takes too much energy to come back, and then you’re drained.” Gordon Hayward scored 31 points on Saturday but has sandwiched two 30-point outings around three games in which he totaled 37 points on 12-of-33 shooting.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz snapped a six-game losing streak in the series with an 89-83 home win in overtime on Nov. 25, 2013.

2. Chicago G Kirk Hinrich (chest) sat out Saturday and remains day-to-day.

3. Utah PG Trey Burke is averaging nine assists in the last five games.

PREDICTION: Bulls 95, Jazz 88
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Chicago 8-5 L2 2-3 6-2 0-0 8-5 2-2 6-3
Utah 5-9 L2 3-3 2-6 0-0 5-9 1-0 2-6
Last Meeting
Chicago Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/25/13 CHI 83 UTA 89 83 49 39.2 89 45 38.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago C. Boozer 26 52.2 2
Utah M. Williams 17 50.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago C. Boozer 16 5 11
Utah R. Gobert 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Chicago K. Hinrich 4
Utah G. Hayward 12
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Chicago J. Butler 319 52.0 96
Utah G. Hayward 386 48.8 100
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Chicago P. Gasol 172 35 137
Utah D. Favors 180 64 116
Assists Player  
Chicago J. Noah 75
Utah T. Burke 115
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  Utah Defense
100.2 Points For
101.4 Points Against
45.7 FG%
46.4 FG%
42.8 Reb
40.1 Reb
Utah Off vs  Chicago Defense
96.6 Points For
98.2 Points Against
46.1 FG%
44.0 FG%
40.1 Reb
44.1 Reb