(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls will resume a three-game homestand Wednesday versus the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center.
The Bulls have lost two of three games to begin the month of December and opened the homestand with Saturday's 112-102 setback to the white-hot Golden State Warriors. Draymond Green led the visitors with 31 points and Klay Thompson followed with 24.
Chicago was paced by Jimmy Butler's 24 points, while Pau Gasol did all he could with 22 points and 20 rebounds. Joakim Noah had 16 points and Derrick Rose managed nine to go along with six assists for the Bulls, whose 23 turnovers led to 27 Golden State points.
"They're a tough team to match up against," said Gasol, who is one of six players with 12 double-doubles this season. "They have a lot of players that can spread the floor, shoot the ball well. They do a good job of moving the ball and finding the open guy."
The Bulls will wrap up the stay Friday versus Portland and is 2-5 in the Windy City as opposed to a 10-3 road ledger.
Chicago has scored 100-plus points in its last six games, averaging 108.8 ppg in that stretch. Butler has helped the cause and is posting 23.0 ppg in the past 11 contests, leading the team in scoring eight times over that span.
On the injury front for the Bulls, Noah is expected to miss Wednesday's game because of a sprained ankle. He is averaging 8.9 points and 9.6 boards.
Brooklyn has struggled in recent weeks with two straight losses and nine in the previous 13 tries.
The Nets are coming off a 110-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, as Dion Waiters stole the show with 26 points and Kevin Love added 19 to go along with 14 rebounds. LeBron James had 18 points with Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton in the crowd on their trip to the United State.
Kevin Garnett paced the Nets with 14 points, Deron Williams chipped in 13 and 11 assists, and Mirza Teletovic added 11 points for Brooklyn, which was outscored by a 35-18 margin in the third quarter.
"LeBron got aggressive," Williams said. "It was a bad third quarter for us. It was a snowball effect."
Brooklyn is 4-5 away from the Big Apple and will host Philadelphia Friday.
Nets guard Joe Johnson (illness) is expected to miss Wednesday's game, while Teletovic (hip/facial cut) is doubtful and Brook Lopez (back) is listed as questionable.
Lopez missed the Cavs game and is averaging 16.1 points per game. Johnson is scoring at 15.7 ppg clip and was sidelined Monday.
Chicago defeated Brooklyn, 102-84, on Nov. 30 and Butler posted 26 points. Gasol added 25 points and 13 rebounds in that one for the Bulls, while Williams was held to 10 points and three assists.
The Bulls are 11-4 in the past 15 games against the Nets. Brooklyn will visit Chicago on Dec. 30 and will host the Bulls April 13.