The Washington Bullets get a chance to gain ground in the NBA's Central ground in the Divixion race tonight when they face the Chicago Bulls in an 8 o'clock game at Capital Centre.

Chicago is struggling in fifth place in the six-team Midwest Division with a 13-22 record.

Chicago is struggling is fifth place in the six-team Midwest Division with a 13-22 record.

The Bulls' starting five are guards Norm an Lier and Wilbur Holand, forwards Mickey Johnson and Scott May, who was last year's college player of the year, and former ABA star Artis Gilmore at center.

Gilmore, an imposing 7-4 figure, has had trouble adjusting to the NBA's more physicial centers, but currently ranks among the league's top 10 in rebounds and blocked shot.

The Bullets seem to have recovered from an early season slump due to inconsistent guard play.

Washington's starting guards, Phil Chenier and Dave Bing, seem to have become more comfortable with coach Dick Motta's offense, and are handling the ball better and working it inside to the big men.

Bing currently ranks eighth in the league in sassists, dealing out an average of six a game. Chenier ranks third on the team in assists, behind Bing and Wes unseld, and is scoring at a 19.3 clip.