The Spurs recently lost Tony Parker for a month to a sprained ankle, but they have shown no ill-effects since he went down. San Antonio has averaged 122.0 points the last two games, as other players continue to step up as they have all season. The Spurs' great depth is one of the main reasons why they hold the NBA's best record at 47-14.
The Bulls come into San Antonio still awaiting the return of Derrick Rose, who has missed the entire season with an ACL injury. But in addition to Rose, Chicago will likely also be without Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and Taj Gibson due to various injuries. The Bulls have been excellent on the road this season and nearly beat the Indiana Pacers on Sunday with a short-handed roster, but the Spurs are a different animal.
Interestingly enough, the Spurs beat the Bulls in Chicago just a couple weeks ago despite being without Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Stephen Jackson. So this time around, it will be the Bulls who try and steal a road win while playing extremely short-handed.
Not far away, the Dallas Mavericks will host the Houston Rockets in the second of a home-and-home between the two teams. The Rockets torched the Mavs in Houston on Sunday night, winning 136-103 behind 32 points from Chandler Parsons.
The busy NBA schedule will be book-ended by two solid games, with the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers kicking off the night and the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers closing it out. All four teams are currently locked into playoff spots.
Here's the full schedule via SI.com (all times Eastern):
Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m.
Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m.