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Sunday, January 13th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (14-20) at Atlanta Hawks (15-17), 2 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks will resume a five-game homestand when they host the Chicago Bulls this afternoon at Philips Arena.

Atlanta is 1-2 on the stand and 10-8 as the host this season. In Friday's 102-98 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards, Josh Smith had a game-high 35 points and nine rebounds for Atlanta, which lost for the fifth time in six games overall. Joe Johnson added 23 points and dished out nine assists, while Marvin Williams had 16 points and grabbed nine boards in defeat.

Al Horford set a career-high with 19 rebounds in the loss for the Hawks, who will also host Denver on the current homestand. On the injury front for the Hawks, center Zaza Pachulia is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago with an ingrown toenail.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will continue a four-game road trip today and are 7-10 away from the Windy City this season.

Chicago opened the trek with Friday's 100-97 come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center, as Andres Nocioni scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the charge.

Joe Smith added 19 points and six boards for the Bulls, who have won two of three overall and three straight on the road. Ben Gordon chipped in 15 points off the bench in a winning cause.

The Bulls will also visit Orlando and Miami on the current trip. In injury news for Chicago, forward Luol Deng (Achilles) is questionable and rookie forward Joakim Noah (disciplinary) is probable for Sunday's game. Deng has missed the last three games.

Chicago recorded a 90-78 win over the Hawks on November 27 this season at the United Center. Chicago has won 12 straight, 14 of 17 and 15 of the last 19 meetings with Atlanta.

Chicago has also won six straight after losing its last two at Atlanta.

01/13 11:01:18 ET


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