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Friday, April 4th (All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (14-61) at Chicago Bulls (43-32), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls aim for their fourth straight win when they host the lowly Milwaukee Bucks Friday at the United Center.
The playoff-bound Bulls have won three in a row and five of their last six games and are coming off Wednesday's 105-92 victory at Atlanta. D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and both Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich added 17 points for the Bulls, who shot 51 percent and handed out 27 assists.
"I thought the ball movement overall for the team was very good," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Carlos Boozer had 12 points and Joakim Noah ended with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the win.
The Bulls, who moved a season-high 11 games over .500, are even with the Toronto Raptors for third in the East and improved to 31-14 since Jan. 1. Only Brooklyn has a better mark in that time at 30-13.
Chicago has a 24-14 home record this season and is 11-4 in the past 15 home games, posting an average of 95.1 ppg in that time.
Milwaukee has the worst record in the NBA at 14-61 and has lost three straight and 11 of the last 12 games.
In Wednesday's 96-77 loss at Miami, Ramon Sessions paced the Bucks with 19 points and Zaza Pachulia pulled down 16 boards. Jeff Adrien (14), Brandon Knight (11) and John Henson (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for Milwaukee, which trailed 33-19 after the first quarter and never recovered.
"Getting down to a team like that is tough to come back because they continue to play hard and don't let up," Knight said. "They don't make many mistakes."
The Bucks are 0-2 on a three-game road trip and winless in the last 11 road games. They have a 5-33 away record this season.
Milwaukee has lost two of three meetings with the Central rival Bulls this season and is just 3-12 in the past 15 matchups between the division foes. The Bucks, though, have won their last three trips to the Windy City.
04/04 10:41:46 ET