NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, March 2nd (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (32-26) at Chicago Bulls (25-31), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers are caught in a five-game losing streak and will attempt to halt the skid tonight at the United Center against the Chicago Bulls.
Cleveland, winners of only five of its last 14 games, are fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
On Wednesday night, the Cavs dropped a 97-90 home game to the Sacramento Kings and LeBron James continued to slump. James posted 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting and dished out 12 assists, as the Cavs lost their third in a row at home and fell to 1-5 since the All-Star break. Last season, they dropped six of their first seven games following the break.
James has averaged just 23.0 points his last four games and hasn't shot better than 50 percent in any of those contests. On a brighter note, the All-Star game MVP has owned the Bulls this season, scoring 69 points in two games -- both wins.
Before Wednesday's game, Cleveland activated forward Ira Newble from the inactive list. Newble, who did not play against the Kings, was hospitalized for an infection in his face and played just 20 games this season, averaging 1.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.
Cleveland is 2-4 in its last six road games and owns a 12-16 mark away from Quicken Loans Arena this season.
The Bulls, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 111-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center.
Kirk Hinrich notched a season-high 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, while Luol Deng had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Andres Nocioni scored 20 points off the bench for the Bulls.
Malik Allen added 10 points, before leaving the game on a stretcher in the first minute of the second quarter with an apparent head injury. Allen is doubtful for Thursday's game.
The Bulls are 3-1 in their last four home games and own a 13-15 record at the United Center this season.
Cleveland has won three of four and six of the last 10 meetings versus the Bulls. In the first meeting this season, the Cavs posted a 108-100 win in Chicago on December 22, then recorded a 102-91 triumph on December 26 at home.
Chicago has won five of the past seven meetings at the United Center.
03/02 11:22:53 ET