Following a difficult stretch, the Indiana Pacers are once again making progress toward their first Central Division title in nine seasons.
A season sweep of the Chicago Bulls would certainly help their cause.
The Pacers will try to extend their lead in the division by sending the slumping Bulls to another loss Saturday night at the United Center.
After dropping four of six, Indiana (43-26) has won its past three games by an average of 22.4 points. David West has missed all three of those games with a back injury, but Tyler Hansbrough has started in his place and averaged 18.0 points and 12.3 rebounds.
Hansbrough had a team-best 22 points and 12 boards Friday in a 102-78 rout of Milwaukee.
"I feel like I'm trying to get into the flow of the game, not rushing," Hansbrough said.
With the win, the Pacers moved six games ahead of second-place Chicago in the Central, and they can widen that gap even further with their first season-series sweep of the Bulls since 2001-02.