NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 26th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (35-33) at Chicago Bulls (36-31), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference battle this evening, when the Chicago Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers at the United Center.
Chicago has won four straight, while Indiana has taken two in a row and seven of its last 11. The Bulls currently sit fifth in the East, one game behind fourth place Washington and a half-game ahead of sixth place Cleveland. Meanwhile, Indiana is holding down the seventh slot, one contest in front of Philadelphia and one back of Cleveland.
The Bulls continued their impressive play on Friday night, posting a rousing 94-86 win over Atlantic Division leader Boston at the FleetCenter. Eddy Curry had 16 points and six rebounds to pace the Celtics to the win.
Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 10 boards for the Bulls in the huge victory. Ben Gordon tacked on 12 points, while Antonio Davis and Othella Harrington added 10 apiece. Davis also secured nine rebounds in the victory.
The Bulls were forced to do without the services of starting guard Kirk Hinrich, who is struggling with a strained left hamstring. Hinrich is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
Chicago, which is opening up a two-game homestand tonight, is 20-13 in its friendly confines this season. The Bulls have lost two of three and three of their last five home games.
Despite playing without star forward Jermaine O'Neal (shoulder), the Pacers have managed to stay afloat in the chase for the postseason. Indiana is 7-4 since O'Neal went to the sidelines.
The Pacers picked up a 94-81 victory over the arch-rival Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. The game, which was Indiana's first at the Palace since the now infamous November melee, didn't go as planned as it was delayed 97 minutes due to a bomb threat to the Pacers' locker room.
Nonetheless, the Pacers gathered themselves and promptly thrashed the struggling Pistons. Austin Croshere scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Pacers to the victory.
Reggie Miller added 14 points, Stephen Jackson and Anthony Johnson had 12 apiece, and Jeff Foster tossed in 10 in the victory. Dale Davis grabbed a team-high 13 boards in the contest.
Indiana point guard Jamaal Tinsley continues to sit out due to a bruised right foot. Tinsley has missed 14 consecutive games and isn't likely to play this evening.
The Pacers, who are in the midst of a three-game road trip, have still lost six of their last 10 road tilts. Indiana owns a 15-19 road mark for the year.
These rivals have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team winning both games. The home squad has won by double-digits in both cases. Indiana has won five of the last eight meetings, but has lost four of its last five at Chicago.
03/26 10:08:09 ET