NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, December 16th (All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (7-17) at Chicago Bulls (9-13), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls have a good shot at breaking out of their funk when they host the Orlando Magic Monday at United Center.
The Bulls have lost 10 of their last 13 games, but swept all four meetings with Orlando last season. The Bulls have won nine of the last 10 and 10 of the previous 14 encounters with the Magic.
Chicago dropped a 99-77 decision to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, as Luol Deng contributed 17 points in the losing effort and Mike Dunleavy added 14 points. Deng had missed four straight games with an Achilles injury.
"They (Toronto) made a lot of tough shots tonight," said Bulls guard Marquis Teague, who had seven points. "You can't take any credit away from them, they fought hard."
Joakim Noah registered a double-double for the Bulls with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bulls have lost three in a row at home and are 6-4 in the Windy City. In injury news for the Bulls, guard Kirk Hinrich (back) is questionable Monday and did not play versus the Raptors.
Orlando will close out a quick two-game road trip Monday and is coming off Sunday's 101-98 loss at Oklahoma City. The Thunder improved to 12-0 at home and held off a late Orlando rally.
Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who saw all five starters reach double figures scoring. Rookie Victor Oladipo had 15 points, while Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Orlando lost for the eighth time in its last nine tries.
"Just good defense by the Thunder on our last possession so give them credit for that. Overall our guys really believed from the beginning to the end that we were going to win that game and that's a good start for us," said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn.
After visiting the Bulls, Orlando, which is just 2-11 as the guest, will return home for six straight games versus Utah, Sacramento, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Golden State.
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