Tipoff: 8 p.m.
TV: Sports South, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Line: Chicago -11.5
Tickets: Bobcats vs. Bulls tickets
After three consecutive road wins, the Charlotte Bobcats are halfway from matching last season’s win total on the road. Charlotte will have another challenge Monday when they face the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Charlotte (5-5) has fared better away from Time Warner Cable Arena this season, with opponents scoring 92.2 points against the team on the road. The Bobcats are fourth in points allowed on the season after finishing 29th last season.
Though the Bobcats are having success defensively, the team isn’t making any strides offensively. Charlotte is 29th in scoring and last in field goal percentage at 40.2 percent.
Charlotte was denied their third straight win overall Saturday with a 97-81 loss to the Miami Heat. The Bobcats were without Al Jefferson for the seventh time this season. Jefferson re-aggravated his left ankle injury following Charlotte’s 89-83 win in Boston Wednesday.
Kemba Walker had team-high 22 points on 7 of 18 shooting against Miami. Walker has struggled from the field this season, shooting below 35 percent. Walker is shooting 37.3 percent from the field in six career games against the Bulls.
After a 1-3 start, Chicago has quietly won four straight. Chicago (5-3) is coming off a 33-point victory over the previously undefeated Indiana Pacers.
Luol Deng had a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds to help the Bulls improve to 4-0 at home. Deng, an unrestricted free agent next summer, is averaging 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.
Derrick Rose had a season-high 20 points and matched a career-high with six three-pointers. Rose has been dealing with an injured hamstring and sat out Chicago’s 96-80 win in Toronto.
The former MVP hasn’t faced the Bobcats since March 9, 2011 and is averaging 19.9 points and 6.5 assists in 11 career games against Charlotte.