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Tuesday, December 20th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (7-18) at Chicago Bulls (12-11), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls play the middle contest of a three-game homestand tonight, as they host the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 2nd, Chris Duhon finished with a triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, as the Bulls overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Bobcats, 109-105, in overtime at the United Center.

Chicago has won all five meetings between the clubs.

Mike Sweetney scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Saturday, as Chicago pounded the Boston Celtics, 118-86, at the United Center. Duhon went 6-of-7 from three-point range and scored 22 points for the Bulls, who have won two of their last three games and bounced back following Friday's 110-82 loss to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Duhon also dished out eight assists in the win over Boston, while Andres Nocioni and Darius Songaila each chipped in 16 points for Chicago, which put an end to a four-game home losing streak.

The Bulls, who are scheduled to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, are 5-5 at the United Center this season.

Charlotte attempts to win its second straight game. On Monday, Primoz Brezec scored five of his 26 points in overtime and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Bobcats to a 106-103 home victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Gerald Wallace contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Raymond Felton had 14 points, nine assists and four steals in the victory over Sacramento for the Bobcats, who have won two of their last three games overall.

On the injury front, Charlotte forward Emeka Okafor (ankle), and guard Kareem Rush (finger) are both doubtful for tonight's contest. Both players were injured in Monday's win over Sacramento. Okafor is averaging 12.9 points and a team-best 10.1 rebounds, while Rush has netted 13.5 points per game, which is second on the team behind Wallace.

The Bobcats are just 2-11 on the road this season.

12/20 10:15:30 ET


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