Washington takes on Chicago, seeks to break 3-game skid

 
 
Posted2/9/2019 7:00 AM
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Washington Wizards (22-32, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (12-42, 13th in the Eastern Conference)

Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. Eastern

BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup with Chicago as losers of three straight games.

The Bulls have gone 9-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago is 4-8 in games decided by less than four points.

The Wizards are 15-21 in Eastern Conference play. Washington is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 40.8 rebounds per game, led by Dwight Howard averaging 9.2. In their last meeting on Dec. 28, the Bulls won 101-92. Zach LaVine led Chicago with 24 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Lauri Markkanen ranks second on the Bulls with 17.9 points and averages 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Kris Dunn has averaged 11 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 40.0 percent over the last 10 games for Chicago.

Bradley Beal leads the Wizards scoring 24.9 points and grabbing 5.1 rebounds. Thomas Bryant is shooting 59.0 percent and has averaged 11.2 points over the last 10 games for Washington.

LAST 10 GAMES: Wizards: 4-6, averaging 112.7 points, 40.4 rebounds, 28.8 assists, 7.7 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.7 points on 49.8 percent shooting.

Bulls: 2-8, averaging 107.5 points, 43.6 rebounds, 22.2 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting.

Bulls Injuries: Wendell Carter Jr.: out (left thumb), Denzel Valentine: out for season (ankle), Chandler Hutchison: out (right toe fracture), Zach LaVine: day to day (ankle).

Wizards Injuries: Troy Brown Jr.: day to day (ankle), Dwight Howard: out (back), John Wall: out for season (left achilles).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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