* These teams are meeting for the first time this season. Chicago swept both games from New Orleans in 2008-09.
* New Orleans has lost two straight road games and is just 2-11 away from home this season.
* The Bulls have lost two straight games and are just 4-13 over their last 17 games overall.
* Chris Paul has averaged 24.3 points and 10.7 assists in seven career games against the Bulls, scoring at least 25 points in five of those contests.
* Derrick Rose has scored 24 or more points in three straight games, averaging 27.3 points on 53.1 percent shooting from the field in those contests.
* Tyrus Thomas, who has been sidelined with a broken arm since the first week of November, will return on Saturday for the Bulls.