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Friday, March 18th (All times eastern)

New Orleans Hornets (14-49) at Chicago Bulls (32-30), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls attempt to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak, as they welcome the New Orleans Hornets to the United Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 5th, Chicago defeated the Hornets, 95-89, at New Orleans Arena.

Overall, the Bulls have won two of three and three of the last five meetings in this series. The Hornets have won four of six and seven of their last 10 at Chicago.

The Bulls are currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, as they trail the Cleveland Cavaliers by two games for No. 5 and are just 1/2 game ahead of the No. 7 Indiana Pacers.

On Wednesday, All-Star Vince Carter finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Jason Kidd added 22 points, 11 boards and eight assists to help the New Jersey Nets roll to a 100-84 victory over the Bulls at Continental Airlines Arena.

Andres Nocioni and rookie Ben Gordon scored 15 points apiece in the loss to New Jersey for the Bulls, who have dropped six of their last nine games overall. Forward Tyson Chandler chipped in 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds defeat.

Chicago is a solid 19-12 as the host this season. The Bulls have lost two of three at home, but are 7-3 in their last 10 at the United Center.

The lowly Hornets come into tonight's game on a two-game losing streak. On Wednesday, James Posey scored a game-high 20 points and Earl Watson netted 16, as the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away late from the Hornets for a 88-82 triumph at the New Orleans Arena. Bostjan Nachbar paced New Orleans with a team-high 19 points in the loss to Memphis.

P.J. Brown posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards in Wednesday's loss for the Hornets, who have dropped four of their last five overall. Center Jamaal Magloire returned to the court for the Hornets after missing the last 51 games with a broken right ring finger. Magloire, who suffered the injury in a loss to the Phoenix Suns on November 26th, finished with five points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

New Orleans is a brutal 3-28 on the road this season. The Hornets have lost three in a row and 11 of their last 12 as the visitor.

03/18 10:15:50 ET


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