After a humiliating loss to the Denver Nuggets yesterday, the now, 29-20, Chicago Bulls had to lift their heads up high, reman positive and focus on their next game of their six-game road trip, against the 28-22 Utah Jazz.
The Jazz have been fortunate enough to play well at home, as they won 10 of their 11 games at EnergySolutions Arena. Tonight, they will try to make Chicago go on a three-game losing streak. If they Bulls were to lose the game today, they would go on a season worst losing streak.
In the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the duo of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap led the Jazz scoring 19 points each for the Jazz winning that game with a final score, 100-86. In their last four games, Utah held their opponents to shot only 40% from the field.
Tonight will be the first of two meetings for the Bulls and Jazz as they will play again on exactly one month from now, March 8. In their most recent meeting last season, Millsap scored 26 points for the Jazz, but the Bulls won, with a final score 111-97.
The Bulls allowed the Nuggets to shoot 58% yesterday; the best an opposing team has shot against them this season thus far. They also gave up the most points since the ridiculous defeat, losing 132-108, coincidentally to the Utah Jazz on on March 9. 2010. The Bulls were only able to shot 40% against Denver.
The Bulls have won six of their eight games against the Jazz, two of the last three of which were in Utah.
Probable starters for the Bulls:
- Guard – Nate Robinson
- Guard – Richard Hamilton
- Forward – Luol Deng
- Forward – Carlos Boozer
- Center – Joakim Noah
Probable starters for the Jazz:
- Guard- Jamaal Tinsley
- Guard – Randy Foye
- Forward – Marvin Williams
- Forward – Paul Millsap
- Center – Al Jefferson
Location: EnergySolutions Arena, Utah
Time: 9:30 p.m. CST/ 10:30 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN – National, NBATV – Canada, CSN-Chicago, Root- Utah
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Chicago – Marco Belinelli (right ankle) and Joakim Noah (right foot) are unlikely, but game-time decisions. Kirk Hinrich (right elbow) is out and not with the team.
Utah – Earl Watson (lower right leg bone bruise/stress fracture) is a game-time decision, Raja Bell out and not with the team, Mo Williams (right thumb surgery) is out and Gordon Hayward (right shoulder sprain) is out as well.