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Monday, January 21st (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (16-23) at Memphis Grizzlies (25-17), 5:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls try to win consecutive games, as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies today at FedExForum.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. Chicago is scheduled to host the Grizzlies on March 4th at the United Center.

The teams have split the last four contests in the series, while Chicago has lost six of its last seven at the Grizzlies.

Chicago is fresh off a big victory. Ben Gordon came off the bench to score 33 points, as the Bulls continued their recent dominance of the Central Division- rival Detroit Pistons with a 97-81 victory on Saturday at the United Center.

Andres Nocioni had 21 points and six rebounds and Thabo Sefolosha recorded the first double-double of his career, scoring 12 points to go along with 13 rebounds, in a winning cause.

Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich returned from a three-game absence due to a nagging back injury, and had eight points and three assists in 26 minutes of action against Detroit.

The Bulls are 8-12 on the road this season. After today's contest, they will return home for a four-game homestand versus Indiana, Charlotte, Phoenix and Minnesota.

Forward Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) is questionable for Chicago, while guard Chris Duhon is doubtful with a bruised left knee.

Memphis opens a two-game homestand. On Saturday, Jason Richardson had a season-high 38 points, and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to their first-ever victory over Memphis, 105-87.

Pau Gasol ended with 28 points, and Juan Carlos Navarro made 5-of-8 from beyond the arc on his way to 21 points in the loss for Memphis, which has lost six of its last seven games overall. Rudy Gay had 17 points and nine rebounds in defeat.

The Grizzlies are 7-13 at home this season. They are scheduled to host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at FedExForum.

On the injury front for Memphis, sharp-shooting Mike Miller (back spasms) is questionable. Miller, who did not play against Charlotte, is averaging 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 39 contests this season.

01/21 11:04:39 ET


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