Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: vs. Chicago Bulls

Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller shoots as Miami Heat forward Luol Deng, right, looks on in Friday’s game in Charlotte.
Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller shoots as Miami Heat forward Luol Deng, right, looks on in Friday’s game in Charlotte. AP

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Bulls

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

20.2

4.3

G D. Rose

15.4

3.3

G N. Batum

14.6

6.3

G T. Snell

5.6

3.3

F M. Kidd-Gilchrist

13.0

8.8

F E. Moore

5.1

1.6

F M. Williams

10.6

6.7

F T. Gibson

7.7

7.3

C C. Zeller

8.8

6.1

C P. Gasol

16.7

10.9

Matchup to Watch

Pau Gasol vs. Cody Zeller: Gasol easily could have been named an All-Star reserve, based on his performance this season. The Bulls need him even more after they lost Joakim Noah for the season.

Observations

▪  This is the last of a four-game homestand for the Hornets. They finish February with six consecutive road games, broken up by All-Star break.

▪  Bulls All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler injured his left knee in a game in Denver.

Tap-ins

▪  The Hornets are as healthy as they’ve been in a while, missing only center Al Jefferson (torn meniscus). He has begun workouts in Charlotte.

▪  The Bulls were considered a challenger to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference championship, but had slipped to sixth in the standings over the weekend.

Did you know?

This is the last of four meetings between the Hornets and Bulls this season. By winning tonight, the Hornets would win the season series, 3-1, and a potential tiebreaker.

Rick Bonnell

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