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Bulls vs. Bucks Preview: Derrick Rose Goes For Sweep Against Brandon Jennings And The Bucks

2011/2012 NBA Season

15-23 (9-8 home) 32-8 (17-6 road)
March 7, 2012
Bradley Center
7:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Brandon Jennings
PG Derrick Rose
Carlos Delfino
SG Ronnie Brewer
Tobias Harris SF Luol Deng
Ersan Ilyasova PF Carlos Boozer
Drew Gooden C Joakim Noah

(17th) 102.8 - OFFENSE - 108.1 (3rd)
(22nd) 105.5 - DEFENSE - 97.4 (2nd)
(7th) 92.5 - PACE - 90.1 (21st)

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Derrick Rose and the Bulls return to Milwaukee looking to beat the Bucks for the fourth time in six weeks.

Bulls on parade. Things are coming together quite nicely in Chicago. Carrying a seven-game winning streak into tonight's game in Milwaukee, the Bulls are a league-best 32-8 and play a whopping 16 of their final 26 games at home. They most recently dispatched the Pacers 92-72 despite a mere 13 points from Rose, and have beaten the Bucks in seven straight dating back to last season.

Ripped off. Richard Hamilton left the Pacer game with an injured shoulder and is a major doubt tonight, though it's not like the Bulls have needed him this season. Chicago is 12-1 with Ronnie Brewer starting at SG alongside Rose, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, so it's unlikely they'll miss a beat if Hamilton is unable to go. It also won't be anything new to the Bucks, as Hamilton has missed all three of the Bulls' wins over the Bucks so far this season.

The unbreakable Brandon Jennings. Brandon Jennings continued his March hot streak on Monday, lighting up the Sixers to the tune of 33 points while raising his monthly numbers (three games) to 31.3 ppg and 7.0 apg on .476/.476/.774 shooting in 39 mpg. After a rough February, Jennings has been decidedly more aggressive in March, averaging 8.0/10.3 from the stripe while rediscovering his touch from the outside. For some perspective on the former, consider that Jennings has never averaged more than 4.6 free throw attempts in any full month of his career. Some all-star break hard work paying off? That's what the folks at Under Armour would suggest:

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