National Basketball Association
Milwaukee at Chicago
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Bulls are still trying to figure out what kind of team they are going to be without Derrick Rose, and a slew of other injuries is not helping to clear the picture. The Bulls hope to have Luol Deng back on Tuesday when they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Deng (Achilles) and Mike James (knee) were the latest to hit the injury report, joining Rose (knee) and Jimmy Butler (toe), and are questionable for the meeting with the Bucks.
Milwaukee is dealing with its own host of injuries and is in even worse shape as the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks were already down Larry Sanders at the center position and just lost Zaza Pachulia for at least a month with a broken foot. The Bulls know just how they feel. “We got a lot of guys out, a lot of guys hurt,” Chicago forward Taj Gibson said. “And it’s real frustrating because you never really get a chance to get a rhythm because there’s always one guy banged up from the night before so it’s tough but we just got to keep pushing.”
8 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), CSN ChicagoABOUT THE BUCKS (4-16):
Milwaukee lost Sanders early and is without Caron Butler (sprained knee) for now, depleting the depth in the frontcourt. Ersan Ilyasova, who also missed time, is struggling with his consistency while coming off the bench, leaving second-year forwards John Henson and Khris Middleton providing a smaller front line. “Obviously, we’re a little undersized at that position with Zaza and Larry out, but it’s part of the NBA,” Henson said after going up against Nets center Brook Lopez in a 90-82 loss on Sunday.ABOUT THE BULLS (8-10):
James returned to practice on Monday but Deng and Butler were both limited to solo shooting on the side. The two are at best game-time decisions on Tuesday, putting more pressure on Mike Dunleavy and Taj Gibson while thinning the bench. Gibson (21 points and 10 rebounds) posted a double-double on Saturday but rookie Tony Snell, starting in place of Butler, struggled to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting in 42 minutes during a 92-75 loss at home to the Detroit Pistons.BUZZER BEATERS
1. The teams split four meetings last season, with the road team winning each time.
2. Bulls C Joakim Noah had a string of two straight double-doubles come to an end by matching a season low of two points on 1-of-7 shooting on Saturday.
3. Milwaukee PG Brandon Knight is struggling to 18-for-54 from the field over the last four games.PREDICTION:
Bulls 92, Bucks 85
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