While only one team has been able to solve the resurgent Chicago Bulls since the start of 2014, the Philadelphia 76ers are having a difficult time staying competitive during their slump.
The Bulls hope to rebound from their second loss in three games by beating the 76ers for the eighth time in nine regular-season meetings at the United Center on Saturday night.
Chicago (18-20) has won six of eight this month, with both defeats coming against Washington over the last five days.
After snapping the Bulls' four-game home winning streak with Monday's 102-88 victory, the Wizards ended Chicago's four-game road win streak with a 96-93 victory in the nation's capital on Friday.
Kirk Hinrich finished with a season-high 18 points and D.J. Augustin added 16 with four 3-pointers, but the Bulls managed just one field goal in the final 5:16 and missed eight of their final nine shots.
"We were gonna try Mike," said Butler, who played 38 minutes two days after recording a franchise-record 60 in a 128-125 triple-overtime victory at Orlando. "When he threw the ball to me, I was caught off guard by it. I think everybody was."
Although the Bulls rank near the top of the league by holding opponents to 43.1 percent shooting, they've allowed three consecutive opponents to shoot better than 50 percent for the first time since a four-game stretch from March 4-11, 2010.
Chicago, however, has limited Philadelphia to 87.5 points per game and 42 percent shooting while winning seven of eight regular-season home meetings.
The last-place 76ers (13-26) have cracked 50 percent once in their last 12 games after shooting 36.9 percent -- 2 for 20 from 3-point range -- in a 101-86 loss to visiting Miami on Friday. They've dropped five of six, with each loss coming by double digits.
Philadelphia also has committed 47 turnovers in its last two games.
"I think the turnovers are born out of some youth, some impatience and some of it is the system," coach Brett Brown said.