NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Brooklyn 28 18 26 35 107
Chicago 25 32 32 26 115
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11:00 AM PT12:00 PM MT1:00 PM CT2:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST22:00 UAE19:0014:00 ET12:00 PM CT17:00 , April 4, 2021
United Center, Chicago, Illinois

Struggling Bulls host streaking Nets

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Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls

  1. The Nets have won three straight, and nine of their last 10 meetings with the Bulls going back to the beginning of 2018. Brooklyn's 9-1 mark against Chicago is its best against any team in that time.
  2. The Nets have won 20 of their last 23 games, the first time they've had 20 wins in any 23-game span in franchise history. A win over the Bulls would push Brooklyn to 20 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2001-02 season at 52-30.
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in his Nets debut on Thursday. He's the third Nets player to post a 10-5-5 game in his team debut in the last two seasons (Harden, Irving) after only one player had done so in the previous 30 years (Jason Kidd -- 14-10-9 on October 30, 2001).
  4. The Nets tied a franchise record for fewest free throw attempts in a game, going 3-for-4 against Charlotte on Thursday (also 4 FTA at Cleveland on April 5, 2005).

Two teams, headed in opposite directions, meet on Sunday when the Chicago Bulls host the Brooklyn Nets. Both teams need a win for diametrically different reasons.

The Nets come into the game 34-15, fresh off an emphatic 111-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night. The home blowout represented a fourth straight victory for the Nets, who have won 12 of their last 14 to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference during this hot stretch.

"We were sharp, we came out with a great intensity to start the game which has been lacking a little bit lately," Nets coach Steve Nash said after beating the Hornets. "Overall, thought it was a pretty comprehensive performance."

Continuing their hot streak could help the Nets gain home-court advantage through the conference playoffs. The emphatic win over the Hornets saw a complete effort on both ends of the court by Brooklyn.

Charlotte was held to just 34.9 percent shooting from the floor while the Nets shot 44.4 percent (20 of 45) from 3-point range.

The Nets will continue their quest to seize control of the East from the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Bulls need to start putting together some wins in a hurry. They've lost six straight games and their already slim playoff hopes a month ago are now nearly non-existent.

Chicago is in a tailspin, with Friday night's 113-106 loss to the Utah Jazz more evidence of a team that is floundering. The Bulls aren't just losing, they are roundly getting outplayed.

Three of the six losses during this stretch have been by double digits. There were glimmers of improvement on Friday but the Bulls simply appear to be heading nowhere with their playoff hopes all but faded.

"I thought we were more physical, I thought we were more into the ball. The biggest thing that was disappointing to me is that I thought we posted the ball a lot and we didn't generate a lot of free throws -- and that's a problem. I think they took 10 more free throws than we did," Bulls coach Billy Donovan said after Friday's loss.

"I thought our physicality on defense was much better. This has been a team -- Utah -- all year long, has been a really hard team to guard and a really efficient team. Again, they ended up getting 113 but there was also some things we could have done a much, much better job on. But the mentality of how we played defense tonight is what we have to carry going forward."

As Donovan noted, Chicago is struggling defensively.

Since holding the Pistons to 86 points on March 21 -- coincidentally their last win -- the Bulls have given up triple-digit points to each of their last six opponents. Given these troubling struggles on the defensive side of the ball, it isn't a great shock that each game has been a loss.

At least Chicago's defense won't have to deal with Brooklyn star Kevin Durant. Nash said Durant could return from his hamstring injury Monday night against the visiting New York Knicks.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 4, 2021

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