The Washington Bullets return from a highly successful five-game road trip today to take on the Chicago Bulls, the team they are chasing to get into the NBA playoffs for the 13th straight time.
The Bulls (36-35) lead the Bullets (34-37) by two games in the race for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern conference.
The Bulls have another advantage because they have won all five previous meetintgs. If they tie at the end of the season, Chicago will be awarded the playoff spot.
Today's 1 p.m. game st Capital Centre will be the final regular-season meeting between the teams. Including today's game, both teams have 11 contests remaining. The schedule favors the Bullets. Eight of their remaining games will be at Capital Centre while Chicago will be on the road for seven of its last 11.
The bullets won their third straight and concluded a five-game road trip Friday with a 105-104 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Summit. Greg Ballard had 24 points, Elvin Hayes 20 and Kevin Porter 18 points and 12 assists.
The Bullets led most of the game, but needed four free throws by Mitch Kupchak and one by Bob Dandridge in the final minute to hold on for the victory.
Bullets center Wes Unseld, who missed the San Diego game Wednesday because of fluid on his right knee, had the knee drained Thursday and started against the Rockets. He played 15 minutes in the first half, but his knee stiffened during intermission and he played only three minutes the second period.
Unseld is listed as questionable for today's game. If he cannot play, Coach Gene Shue said he will most likely start rookie Don Collins and move Hayes to center to keep Kupchak as his sixth man.