Chicago moved forward Luol Deng to Cleveland late Monday night in
exchange for center Andrew Bynum — who the Bulls are expected to
waive on Tuesday — and three draft picks. Chicago's solid defense is
an interesting matchup for a Suns squad that ranks among the league
leaders in scoring and is second in 3-pointers per game at 9.7.
Phoenix will be opening a five-game road trip after defeating
Milwaukee 116-100 at home on Saturday. That rout came in the Suns'
second straight game without point guard Eric Bledsoe, who ranks
second on the team in scoring and assists but is sidelined a few
more games with a knee injury.
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ABOUT THE SUNS (20-12): Bledsoe's absence has given Gerald Green a
chance to step back into the starting lineup, and the veteran took
advantage of the opportunity against Milwaukee. Green scored a
team-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, giving Phoenix four
straight wins when he tops the 20-point mark. The top 3-point
shooter on the Suns, Green has shot 34 percentage points better from
the floor in 14 games as a starter than in his 18 games off the
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ABOUT THE BULLS (14-18): Dunleavy has been one of the few
constants for a Chicago team that lost its leader in Derrick
Rose earlier this season and has dealt with other various
injuries and inconsistencies. Lately, Dunleavy — who is
averaging 14.7 points on 62.1 percent shooting in his last three
games — has done it in the clutch. He scored 11 of his 20 points
against Atlanta in the fourth quarter and shined down the
stretch in a 94-82 win over Boston on Thursday, recording seven
points, one assist and one blocked shot in the decisive
Bulls C Joakim Noah is 13-for-39 from the floor over his last
The Suns have won four of their last five on the road.
Phoenix won at Chicago in the previous meeting last January
to snap a 12-game road losing streak in the series and reduce
the Bulls' overall lead to 64-63.
PREDICTION: Bulls 95, Suns 93
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