From NBA.com: Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls emerge from the All-Star break trying to pick up where they left off.
The Toronto Raptors already have.
Noah and the Bulls are looking for another strong defensive effort in order to continue their recent surge and beat the Raptors on the road again Wednesday night.
Chicago (27-25) has won three in a row and four of five after coasting to a 92-76 home win over Brooklyn on Thursday. That winning streak has been spurred by superb defensive play, as the Bulls yielded an average of 82.3 points – 10.0 better than their season mark which ranks second in the NBA.
They allow opponents to shoot 43.4 percent, also among the best in the league. That’s a big reason why the Bulls are the only non-division leader above .500 in the East and fourth in the conference standings.
Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Patrick Patterson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)
Bulls: Kirk Hinrich (G), Jimmy Butler (G), Mike Dunleavy (F), Carlos Boozer (F), Joakim Noah (C)
Bulls: Derrick Rose – right knee (out).
By The Numbers: Raptors vs. Bulls
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Last Time They Met: Raptors 85, Bulls 79 – Dec. 31st, 2013