Preview: Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls

Pau Gasol, Roy Hibbert
Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, left, drives past Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert on Nov. 15. Gasol has been named the recipient of the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award for excellence on and off the court.
(Andrew Nelles / Associated Press)

The Clippers play the Chicago Bulls on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

They’re coming off a 120-107 win over the Phoenix Suns, during which they led by as many as 26 points, their biggest advantage this season. In that game, Clippers’ star point guard Chris Paul scored 32 points on 10 for 13 shooting and had nine assists.

Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose will not play because of an injured left hamstring.

The Clippers (5-3) have beaten the Bulls (7-3) in their last four games by an average of 20.5 points.


Jimmy Butler is leading the Bulls in scoring with 21.3 points a game. Former Laker Pau Gasol is averaging 18.6 points and 10.6 rebounds a game. Rose is averaging 18 points and 5.4 assists.

Butler (thumb sprain) and Gasol (left calf sprain) are listed as probable for Monday.

Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with 23.6 points and seven rebounds a game. Paul is averaging 18 points and 10.1 assists.

The Bulls are playing the Clippers in their first road game of a seven-game trip. This will be the Clippers’ last home game before they leave for a seven-game trip of their own.


Clippers forward Chris Douglas-Roberts is questionable because of a strained right Achilles’. Douglas-Roberts has played in four games this season, averaging 2.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 11.3 minutes.