The Chicago Bulls (7-7) have won two of their last three, including a split with the Central Division leading Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks (7-6) have lost four of their last five and now only lead the Bulls by a half-game. Behind the Bulls in the Central Division, the Indiana Pacers (7-8) are heating up and are only a half-game behind the Bulls and one game out of first.
In the bottom of the Central the Pistons have rebounded from their 0-8 start to get to 5-11, three games behind the Bulls. The Cavs sit in fifth place in the division at 3-12, four-and-a-half games behind the Bulls and a full five games out of first.
The Bulls hope to remain in the hunt until star point guard Derrick Rose is ready to return from knee surgery.
Chicago hosts the 9-6 Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. CT.