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NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (11-37) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (26-22)

7 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Injury Report

The Clippers second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari is out tonight with lower back spasms. Luc Mbah a Moute has been out for a while, and though has reportedly returned to practice will remain out tonight as well.

For the Bulls, Jabari Parker missed the debacle Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks with a strained right knee, but plans to play tonight.

In the Bulls win Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Parker played just 12 minutes which is something he told reporters he’d like to see changed.

When he was asked what he meant by ‘‘good minutes,’’ Parker replied: ‘‘Hopefully it’s not small spurts. Hopefully I can get in there to my capabilities, be a 20-minute, 25-minute guy. Ten minutes is not fitting for me. That’s just what I hold the standard for myself.’’

In five games since returning to the rotation, Parker has averaged 16.7 minutes per game (he averaged 32.1 minutes per game when Fred Hoiberg was his coach).

Scouting the Clippers

LA doesn’t have a star, unless you count Tobias Harris or Danilo Gallinari as such. Together, they account for exactly 40 points per game and they shoot 43.7 percent (eighth in the NBA) and 44.6 percent (sixth in the NBA) from 3-point land respectively.

So, it’s a problem for the Clippers that Gallinari can’t play tonight. Patrick Beverly has played 37 minutes per game to make up for his absence.

Lou Williams is mounting another formidable Sixth Man of the Year campaign. The 32-year-old averages 18.5 points per game and 4.9 assists per game [second highest average of his career].

The one thing that the Clippers do better than anybody else is draw fouls. They lead the NBA in free throw attempts per game (28.3), free-throw makes per game (22.5), and are seventh in the association in free-throw percentage (79.3 percent). They do this by committee with three players averaging more than five free-throw attempts per game, but nobody averaging more than 5.8.

Between Gallinari, Williams, Marcin Gortat, and Beverly the Clippers have a bunch of guys who it feels like they’ve been in the NBA for a million years. Sure enough, the Clippers have the fourth oldest team by average age in the NBA.

Clippers may be interested in ROLO

They may have been looking to get another veteran, as according to The Athletic, the Clippers inquired about Lopez but “talks didn’t advance”.

Lopez needs to put up 20 and 10 tonight to get those talks advancing again. Cue as many post-ups as possible.