Friday , Mar , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls right in the playoff mix; visit Bobcats

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls try to stay afloat in the Eastern
Conference playoff race tonight when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats.

Chicago is 1 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the East. In its last game against the Orlando Magic on
Tuesday, Chicago suffered a big 97-93 setback at the United Center.

Andres Nocioni had a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead
Chicago, which had a two-game win streak halted. The Bulls have lost five of
their last seven games.

The Bulls now will take their postseason hopes on the road where they are 1-3
in their last four contests. Chicago is 15-21 on the road in 2005-06.

Meanwhile, Charlotte ended a three-game losing streak with Tuesday’s 125-117
victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Gerald Wallace scored a Charlotte franchise-high 41 points, including 18 in
the fourth quarter, to lead the Bobcats. Wallace buried 17-of-22 shots from
the floor for the Bobcats, who have just two wins in nine tries.

Charlotte, which is 1-0 on a four-game homestand, will visit Cleveland and
Minnesota after Friday’s game with Chicago.

The Bobcats are 4-2 in their last six road games and 6-31 as the guest this

Tonight’s matchup between Chicago and Charlotte is the fourth and final
meeting of the season.

Charlotte leads the season series 2-1 after posting back-to-back wins.