Charlotte Hornets

Hornets-Bulls pregame report

Center-forward Pau Gasol (16) has been a terrific free-agent signing this season for the Chicago Bulls
Center-forward Pau Gasol (16) has been a terrific free-agent signing this season for the Chicago Bulls AP

Hornets at Bulls

8 p.m., United Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Bulls

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

17.9

3.7

G A. Brooks

11.4

1.9

G G. Henderson

11.7

3.3

G T. Snell

6.2

2.4

F M. Kidd-Gilchrist

10.9

7.5

F M. Dunleavy

9.2

3.8

F C. Zeller

7.6

5.8

F J. Noah

7.6

9.9

C A. Jefferson

17.2

8.6

F P. Gasol

18.4

12.0

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Pau Gasol: The Bulls’ original free-agent target was Carmelo Anthony, but Gasol arriving from the Lakers has been so much more than a consolation prize.

Observations

▪ The Hornets overcame a big deficit to beat the Bulls in Charlotte recently.

▪ The Bulls have scrambled of late to overcome injuries to Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.

Tap-ins

▪ The Hornets list power forward Cody Zeller as questionable for this game with ongoing soreness in his right shoulder.

▪ The Hornets lost their first three games on this road trip going into Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Did you know?

This is the sixth consecutive season the Bulls lead the NBA in home attendance – nearly 22,000 fans per game at the United Center.

Rick Bonnell

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