The Bulls won 96-86 at San Antonio on Jan. 29, sending the Spurs
to a season-high third consecutive loss, but San Antonio has won 13
of 16 since including its last six. Chicago has won 11 of its last
14 and is coming off an emotional 95-88 overtime win over Miami. The
Spurs are the league's best road team, boasting a 23-8 record away
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (San Antonio), WGN (Chicago)
ABOUT THE SPURS (46-16): San Antonio survived a sluggish effort
against Orlando on Saturday, needing a second-half rally for a
121-112 victory just two nights after waxing Miami by 24. Aging
stars Tim Duncan (15.5 points, 10 rebounds) and Tony Parker (17.8
points, 6.2 assists) have had a couple of days off to recharge in
hopes of continuing the success they had in the first meeting with
Chicago this season, in which they combined for 37 points. Center Tiago Splitter might be the most underrated bellwether for San
Antonio's success — the Spurs are 17-0 when he scores in double
ABOUT THE BULLS (35-28): After losing point guard Derrick Rose to
knee surgery for the second straight year, Chicago traded leading
scorer Luol Deng but has still managed to flourish into one of the
top teams in the East. Balanced scoring has been a big reason for
the Bulls' success in the face of difficulty, as six players are
averaging double-digit scoring. Center Joakim Noah is making his
case for MVP votes with three triple-doubles over the past month
including two in a three-game span last week.
[to top of second column]
The Spurs are 39-9 when scoring 100 or more points but just 7-7
when failing to hit triple digits, while Chicago has allowed 100 or
more only 13 times in 63 games.
Chicago is 24-2 when it scores at least 96 points and has won 17
straight when hitting that mark.
San Antonio is 36-1 when leading after three quarters and leads
the league with a fourth-quarter scoring average of 27.1 points.
PREDICTION: Bulls 95, Spurs 93
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.