NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 16th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (13-10) at Atlanta Hawks (9-13), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls are on a roll and will visit the Atlanta Hawks this evening at Philips Arena.
Chicago has won three straight and 10 of its last 11 games, including Friday's 117-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center. Ben Wallace had 10 points and a season-high 27 rebounds to lead the way.
Kirk Hinrich netted 21 points and Chris Duhon ended with 19 points and eight assists for the Bulls, who are 1 1/2 games out of first place in the Central Division. Tyrus Thomas came off the bench and netted 14 points. He also chipped in 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
The Bulls just went 7-1 on their eight-game homestand and will hit the road where they are 3-8 this season. Chicago is 10-2 at the United Center.
Meanwhile, Atlanta just put the brakes on a four-game losing streak with Friday's 97-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Zaza Pachulia scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Speedy Claxton posted 19 points and dished out 11 assists at FedEx Forum. Josh Smith netted 16 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Marvin Williams and Tyronn Lue each contributed 13 points for the Hawks, who will return home for three games against Chicago, Utah and Indiana.
The Hawks are 4-5 at Philips Arena in 2006-07.
Chicago has beaten Atlanta seven straight times and is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. The Bulls, who have won 10 of 14 and 11 of the last 18 matchups with the Hawks, are unbeaten in their last four trips to Philips Arena.
12/16 10:37:42 ET