Posted: March 22, 2014
With 13 games left in the 2013-14 season, the Sixers (15-54) tip off a three-game road swing Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls (38-30). Both teams played Friday night, with Philadelphia falling 93-92 to the Knicks at Wells Fargo Center, and the Bulls losing 91-79 to the Pacers in Indianapolis.
Last Time They Met
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Bulls 102, Sixers 94
For both the Sixers and the Bulls, Saturday’s game will be the third in four nights. The two teams’ condensed stretches coincidentally both began in Philadelphia, where Philadelphia and Chicago squared off at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. Friday night, the Sixers fell to the Knicks 93-92 at home, and the Bulls lost to the Pacers 91-79 in Indianapolis. After the games, both teams boarded planes bound for Chicago, where the two will meet Saturday night to conclude the three-game, four-night stretch.
New Year, New Bulls
Since January 1, the Bulls have won an Eastern Conference-best 26 games, propelling them from 12-18 to 38-30, which is good for the fourth seed in the East. Over that stretch, Chicago has been led by center Joakim Noah, who’s averaging 13.6 points (49.6 FG%), 12.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in the New Year. Over his last 20 games, he’s averaging a mind-boggling 7.3 assists. Noah is on pace to become the first center since Vlade Divac in 2003-04 (5.3 APG) to lead their team in assists per game; Noah currently averages 5.1 assists per game.
Gotta Hold ‘Em
On the year, the Bulls are 26-2 when they score 96 or more points. They did so nine times in 30 games prior to January 1, but have done so 19 times in the 38 games since then. In three games against the Sixers this season, the Bulls have topped 100 points each time (103.0 PPG); they’ve done so 18 times this season, while the Sixers have hit triple figures 30 times.
|Category||Sixers (15-54)||Bulls (38-30)|
|PPG||Thaddeus Young – 17.9||D.J. Augustin – 14.3|
|RPG||Henry Sims – 6.4||Joakim Noah – 11.3|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.3||Joakim Noah – 5.1|
|SPG||Thaddeus Young – 2.2||Jimmy Butler – 2.0|
|BPG||Jarvis Varnado – 0.8||Joakim Noah – 1.5|