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CHICAGO BULLS (34-20) at DETROIT PISTONS (21-33)
Chicago has been hot lately, beating Cleveland 113-98 as a 1.5-point home underdog before the break. The Bulls have won four straight games and covered in three of those contests. One reason this team has been able to get back on track is that it returned to its roots and started to play defense again. Over the past four games, the Bulls are allowing just 88.3 PPG and theyll need to keep up the intensity on that end. The Pistons, meanwhile, lost two of their past three games SU and ATS heading into the break. Their most recent game was a 104-87 loss as 6-point home favorites against the Spurs. When these teams met on Nov. 10, 2014, the Bulls beat the Pistons 102-91 as 10-point home favorites. Chicago has dominated this head-to-head series recently, going 8-2 SU but 4-6 ATS in the past 10 games between these two. The Bulls have been equally as dominant in Detroit, winning-and-covering in two straight and going 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in their past 10 trips to The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Bulls have played well on the road this season, going 19-9 SU and 15-13 ATS. They are also 2-1 SU and ATS when playing on three or more days rest. The Pistons havent responded well to extended breaks, going 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS when playing on three or more days rest this season. SG Jimmy Butler (Shoulder) and PG Kirk Hinrich (Toe) are both probable for the Bulls. SFs Caron Butler (Back) and Cartier Martin (Ankle) are probable for the Pistons, who are without PG Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the season.
The Bulls have really started to click recently and a lot of that has to do with PG Derrick Rose (18.9 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.1 RPG). Rose has been on fire, pouring in 30 points with seven assists in a win over the Cavs before the break. Hes averaging 21.2 PPG, 6.2 APG and 1.0 SPG in 35.0 MPG over the past five games and has seemingly gotten his quickness back. Rose had 24 points and seven assists in the first meeting with Detroit this year and should be able to do well this time around also. The health of SG Jimmy Butler (20.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.8 SPG) will be big in this one. Butler didnt play against the Cavs and only got nine minutes of action in the All-Star Game on Sunday. The Bulls need him to be healthy, as he is their best two-way player and can really put a lot of pressure on opposing teams. PF Pau Gasol (18.4 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG) played very well in the first game against the Pistons this season. He had 17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in that game and will need to do more of the same in this one. The Pistons have an extremely talented frontcourt and he cant afford to only play well on the offensive end. C Joakim Noah (7.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.3 BPG) had one of his best games of the year against Cleveland before the break. Noah played 31 minutes and had 10 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and a block. He had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against Detroit early in the season, but he didnt have any blocks. Hell need to protect the rim in this one or the Bulls winning streak could end here.
The Pistons have lost two of their past three games and will be looking to get back on track with a win over the Bulls on Friday. PG D.J. Augustin (10.6 PPG, 4.9 APG) is going to be the x-factor for the Pistons in this one. Augustin had 22 points and six assists in a loss to the Spurs last game and will need to find a way to compete with Derrick Rose on Friday. He had 16 points in 21 minutes the last time these teams played and should be fired up to start against his former team this time around. SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (11.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG) will also need to be ready to play in this one. Hell be matched up against Jimmy Butler for a majority of this game and the Pistons cant afford to get nothing out of him. He had 20 points against the Spurs and is one of the best shooters Detroit has (35percent 3PT). If hes not knocking down his open looks, itll be hard for the Pistons to score enough to beat this Chicago squad. PF Greg Monroe (15.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG) had 16 points and 10 boards in 36 minutes the last time he met the Bulls. Monroe struggled against San Antonio last game, finishing with just six points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Hell need to turn things around, as the Pistons cant win this game unless he holds his own against Pau Gasol. He should be able to have a good game on the offensive end, as Gasol is one of the few players in the league that Monroe is quicker than. C Andre Drummond (12.6 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG) had just two points before fouling out against Chicago the last time these teams met. He did grab 12 boards and block a shot, but he must stay disciplined this time around. The Pistons need his effort on the glass and they cant afford to have him in foul trouble once again.
Report: Suns close to hiring Hornacek as head coach
The comments came after NFL Betting Lines azcentralsports, which includes the Arizona Republic, reported Sunday that Hornacek reached agreement on a three-year contract.
If all goes as anticipated, Hornacek would be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
Hornacek, assistant coach for the Utah Jazz, played six seasons for the Suns and was part of the trade that sent Charles Barkley to the Suns from Philadelphia. Hornacek went on to have his best pro seasons as a sharpshooting guard alongside John Stockton in the Utah backcourt.
He replaces interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who took over the team when Alvin Gentry and the club agreed to part ways in mid-January. Hunter was strongly backed by general manager Lance Blanks, who was fired at the end of the season and replaced by ex-Boston Celtics assistant general manager Ryan McDonough. The survivor in the revamped cast is Lon Babby, who got a two-year contract extension as president of basketball operations.
The 50-year-old Hornacek faces a daunting task rebuilding a once-successful franchise that compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second-worst in franchise history at 27-55 last season. Only the franchise's inaugural season was worse.
The first chance to improve the roster will come when the Suns make the fifth pick in next month's draft. They also have the 30th selection. Attempts will be made to improve through free agency but the team is saddled with contracts with some players who will be hard to move.
Hornacek also interviewed for the Charlotte job but Phoenix had an inside track because of his past ties to the organization and because he still has a home in the area.
Hornacek played 14 seasons in the NBA after being drafted late in the second by Phoenix. He eventually became part of a high-scoring backcourt with point guard Kevin Johnson, but he was sent away in the blockbuster Barkley deal. Hornacek spent less than two seasons with the 76ers before being traded to Utah, where he played alongside John Stockton for six-plus seasons, helping the team twice reach the NBA Finals.
Hornacek averaged 14.5 points per game, topped by a career-best 20.1 points in 1992, his final season with Phoenix. He retired from the game in 2000 and after working with the Jazz in various roles became a full-time assistant coach in 2011.tah backcourt.
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