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Booker and Phoenix host DeRozan and the Bulls

March 17, 2022 GMT

Chicago Bulls (41-28, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (56-14, first in the Western Conference)

Phoenix; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Two of the league’s top scorers, Devin Booker and DeMar DeRozan, meet when Phoenix and Chicago face off. Booker ranks 10th in the NBA averaging 25.8 points per game and DeRozan ranks sixth in the league averaging 27.9 points per game.

The Suns have gone 29-8 at home. Phoenix is fifth in the league with 114.5 points and is shooting 48.5% from the field.

The Bulls have gone 16-18 away from home. Chicago ranks second in the NBA in 3-point percentage, shooting 37.3% as a team from downtown this season. Patrick Williams paces the team shooting 50.0% from 3-point range.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Suns won 127-124 in the last matchup on Feb. 8.

TOP PERFORMERS: Booker is shooting 37.6% from beyond the arc with 2.7 made 3-pointers per game for the Suns, while averaging 25.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Deandre Ayton is shooting 66.4% and averaging 19.9 points over the past 10 games for Phoenix.

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DeRozan is shooting 50.4% and averaging 27.9 points for the Bulls. Zach LaVine is averaging 25.7 points over the last 10 games for Chicago.

LAST 10 GAMES: Suns: 7-3, averaging 119.6 points, 42.3 rebounds, 29.7 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 50.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.8 points per game.

Bulls: 3-7, averaging 109.1 points, 39.8 rebounds, 22.2 assists, 7.8 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.1 points.

INJURIES: Suns: Dario Saric: out (knee), Cameron Johnson: out (quad), Frank Kaminsky: out (knee), Chris Paul: out (thumb).

Bulls: Zach LaVine: day to day (knee), Patrick Williams: out (left wrist), Lonzo Ball: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.