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Monday, January 3rd (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (16-13) at Chicago Bulls (10-17), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls play the final contest of a brief three- game homestand, as they welcome Central Division rival Detroit tonight to the United Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the teams. On December 22nd, Chicago knocked off the Pistons, 89-82, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. With the win, Chicago snapped a nine-game series losing streak.

Detroit has won eight straight and 11 of its last 12 at Chicago. The last time the Bulls defeated the Pistons at home was on January 22, 2000.

The Bulls are 1-1 on their homestand. On Saturday, Eddy Curry finished with 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Chicago to a 105-90 win over the Orlando Magic.

Kirk Hinrich delivered 18 points and nine assists in Saturday's win for the Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Rookie Ben Gordon also scored 18 points and has reached double-figures in five straight games, while fellow first-year pro Luol Deng registered 15 points and seven rebounds

Chicago is playing well as of last, as it has won six of eight and seven of its last 10 contests overall.

The Bulls, who have won four of their last five as the host, are 7-8 at home this season.

Detroit enters tonight's game playing solid basketball. The Pistons have won four of their last five games overall. On Sunday, Rasheed Wallace racked up 23 points and 12 rebounds and five other Detroit players scored in double-figures as the Pistons cruised to a 100-88 victory over the Boston Celtics at The Palace at Auburn Hills.

Tayshaun Prince added 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Sunday's victory for the Pistons, who have won six of their last nine games overall. Richard Hamilton and Antonio McDyess each contributed 13 points in the triumph, while Chauncey Billups recorded 12 points and eight assists.

The Pistons are 7-8 on the road this season. Detroit has won three in a row as the visitor.

01/03 10:36:36 ET


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