on a nightly basis. The Bulls (8-4 SU, 4-8 ATS) have been an interesting study with Fred Hoiberg taking over for Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls are clearly playing faster (99.9 pace, 9th) but have declined offensively (98.9 efficiency, 23rd) compared to last year's rate (104.7) under Thibs. They have played better defensively this season, but the numbers are somewhat skewed as offensive efficiency league-wide is way down compared to 2014-15 season-long numbers. The Bulls play at Portland tonight. Derrick Rose (ankle) was upgraded to probable.
"I don't think we bring that fight every single night," Butler told reporters after Monday's practice. "I think we're starting to get back to that, but early on we weren't the hardest-playing team every night. We always need to and have to be the hardest-playing team."