Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets versus Chicago Bulls pregame report

Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol (16) leads the NBA in double-doubles this season with 43.
Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol (16) leads the NBA in double-doubles this season with 43. AP

Hornets vs. Bulls

7 p.m., Time Warner Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Bulls

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G, Mo Williams

21.3

2.3

G, A. Brooks

11.2

1.9

G, G. Henderson

11.4

32

G, T. Snell

5.9

2.3

F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist

10.9

7.6

F, M. Dunleavy

9.2

3.8

F, F Ma. Williams

7.0

4.4

F, P. Gasol

18.4

12.1

C, B. Biyombo

4.5

5.9

C, J. Noah

7.6

10

Matchup to Watch

Pau Gasol vs. Marvin Williams: Gasol has been such a coup of a free-agent pickup for the Bulls, who originally targeted Carmelo Anthony for the money they freed when they used the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer.

Observations

▪ The Hornets have somewhat lost their way of late as far as an unrelenting commitment to defense. Coach Steve Clifford called them a “sometimes” team after Wednesday’s home loss to the Sacramento Kings.

▪ The Hornets beat the Bulls in Chicago recently, but that was right after the Bulls learned of Derrick Rose’s most recent knee injury.

Tap-ins

▪ Hornets center Al Jefferson will miss this game with a calf injury suffered against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

▪ Cody Zeller continues to be out with a right shoulder sprain. Rookie Noah Vonleh might get some minutes at power forward Friday.

Did you know?

Gasol leads the NBA in double-doubles with 43. Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins is second with 38.

Rick Bonnell

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