Rose sat out against the Raptors with a minor hamstring injury. The Bulls won 96-80, but will need Rose against the undefeated Pacers.
He has struggled early this season, scoring 15 points on 33.3-percent shooting. He's also averaging nearly as many turnovers (4.2) as assists (4.5). But the former league MVP is a superstar and is much needed if the Bulls hope to make a run in the playoffs.
In mid-October, Rose told reporters he no longer considered the Pacers a rival. The Pacers will surely remember that as they take the floor at the United Center.
The Pacers, at 9-0, remain the only undefeated team in the NBA.
Chicago (4-3) hopes to spoil Indiana's streak. But its only chance of doing that is with a healthy, rejuvenated Derrick Rose.