DeRozan leads Chicago against Boston after 40-point game
Boston Celtics (49-30, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (45-34, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago takes on the Boston Celtics after DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points in the Chicago Bulls’ 127-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bulls are 29-21 in conference games. Chicago is fifth in the Eastern Conference scoring 111.6 points while shooting 47.9% from the field.
The Celtics are 32-18 in Eastern Conference play. Boston is fourth in the NBA with 35.5 defensive rebounds per game led by Jayson Tatum averaging 6.8.
The teams square off for the third time this season. The Celtics won the last meeting 114-112 on Jan. 16, with Tatum scoring 23 points in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: DeRozan is averaging 28.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and five assists for the Bulls. Zach LaVine is averaging 24.2 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 43.8% over the last 10 games for Chicago.
Tatum is averaging 27 points, eight rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 28.9 points over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 4-6, averaging 108.1 points, 39.6 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 6.6 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.1 points per game.
Celtics: 8-2, averaging 123.3 points, 44.0 rebounds, 28.9 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 52.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points.
INJURIES: Bulls: Zach LaVine: day to day (knee), Matt Thomas: day to day (leg), Lonzo Ball: out (knee).
Celtics: Robert Williams III: out (knee), Nik Stauskas: day to day (ankle).