Bulls hope to keep playoff hopes alive at Pistons

The Chicago Bulls look for their third straight win on Sunday when they visit a Detroit Pistons team on the second leg of a weekend back-to-back.Chicago (28-39) snapped a four-game losing skid with a 120-99 blowout of Charlotte on Thursday, then followed it up the next night with a 121-99 rout of Boston.Zach LaVine and Coby White each scored 25 points on Friday, following up on Nikola Vucevic’s 29-point, 14-rebound effort Thursday at Charlotte.”Those guys are such talented players, and both score the ball at such a high rate,” White said of LaVine and Vucevic in his postgame press conference on Friday. “I just try to play off those guys and get those guys the ball. Hats off to them, they’re both All-Stars but they’re super selfish and they just always make the right play.”Vucevic recorded a triple-double against Boston with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Acquired in a trade from Orlando in late march, Vucevic has settled in to snare at least 11 rebounds in each of his last seven games while scoring 24-plus points in four of those seven.The two lopsided wins, coupled with Indiana’s loss to Washington on Saturday, have the Bulls three games out of the last play-in tournament spot in the Eastern Conference.They face a tough, five-game stretch to close the regular season, drawing two matchups with Brooklyn and one against Milwaukee. The Nets and Bucks are jockeying for the second and third spots in the East behind conference-leading Philadelphia, which beat Detroit on Saturday, 118-104.Saturday’s loss was the eighth in the last 10 for the Pistons (20-48), who sit in last place in the East. Six Pistons scored in double-figures against the 76ers, none with more than Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant at 14 points each.The low, individual scoring outputs were in part a byproduct of Detroit coach Dwane Casey going deep in the rotation. Eleven Pistons played at least 10:57, and none more than 24 minutes.

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