Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at Chicago Bulls

Charlotte Hornets, from left, Cody Zeller, P.J. Hairston, Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, and Marvin Williams, react to a shot against the Chicago Bulls late in the second half of a Nov. 3 game in Charlotte. The Hornets won 130-105.
Charlotte Hornets, from left, Cody Zeller, P.J. Hairston, Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, and Marvin Williams, react to a shot against the Chicago Bulls late in the second half of a Nov. 3 game in Charlotte. The Hornets won 130-105. AP

8 p.m., United Center

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Bulls

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

17.6

3.6

G D. Rose

13.4

3.4

G N Batum

16.8

6.3

G J. Butler

20.3

5.1

F P. Hairston

4.2

2.2

F T. Snell

6.3

3.2

F M. Williams

10.1

6.9

F N. Mirotic

12.6

6.5

C C. Zeller

6.8

4.9

C P. Gasol

13.7

10.3

Matchup to Watch

Jimmy Butler vs. P.J. Hairston/Nic Batum: Butler improved last season from a very good player into a star. The Hornets try not to ask Batum to guard the opposing team’s primary scorer until the fourth quarter to avoid foul trouble.

Observations

▪ The Bulls have been bringing Joakim Noah off the bench in order to use Nikola Mirotic as a power forward to stretch the floor. But Noah still impacts the game in a major way as a rebounder and ballhandler.

▪  The Hornets drilled the Bulls by 25 in the first game of the series this season, then the Bulls won a rematch in Chicago by five.

Tap-ins

▪  This is the first road game the Hornets have played since Nov. 17 in New York. The seven-game homestand was the longest in franchise history.

▪  Butler has at least one steal in his last 24 games, the longest such streak in the NBA.

Did you know?

The Bobcats/Hornets haven’t won a season series with the Bulls since the 2008-09 season.

Rick Bonnell

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