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Pistons-Bulls Preview 3-30-12

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(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

(AP) — Defense is one of the biggest reasons the Chicago Bulls are still atop the Eastern Conference despite an injury to the reigning league MVP.

Not surprising, the offensively challenged Detroit Pistons have regularly struggled against the Central Division leaders.

The Bulls, who again expect to be without Derrick Rose, look to win their 14th straight over the Pistons on Friday night at the United Center.

Chicago (41-11) is second in the NBA in scoring defense at 88.9 points per game, and with a 98-77 win over Atlanta on Wednesday, improved to 27-0 when limiting opponents to 91 or fewer points.

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