By The Associated Press undefined
Minnesota Timberwolves (29-26, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (34-21, third in the Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. DeRozan is currently fourth in the league averaging 27.4 points per game.
The Bulls are 19-8 on their home court. Chicago ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 13.2 fast break points per game led by Zach LaVine averaging 3.3.
The Timberwolves are 13-16 on the road. Minnesota ranks third in the league with 12.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Jarred Vanderbilt averaging 3.2.
TOP PERFORMERS: DeRozan is averaging 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 22.3 points over the last 10 games for Chicago.
D’Angelo Russell is averaging 19 points and seven assists for the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.0 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 6-4, averaging 119.5 points, 43.8 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 51.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.4 points per game.
Timberwolves: 7-3, averaging 123.9 points, 43.3 rebounds, 27.5 assists, 8.6 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.9 points.
INJURIES: Bulls: Patrick Williams: out (left wrist), Derrick Jones Jr.: out (finger), Alex Caruso: out (wrist), Ayo Dosunmu: out (concussion), Lonzo Ball: out (knee).
Timberwolves: Patrick Beverley: out (ankle), McKinley Wright IV: out (knee).