Weekly Preview: Trail Blazers, Warriors, Trail Blazers Again – November 25-29, 2019

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Weekly Preview: Trail Blazers, Warriors, Trail Blazers Again – November 25-29, 2019

Chicago Bulls

Easy schedule. Is it a trap?

We’re Going Streaking:

  • Chicago Bulls (6-11) – The Bulls are trying to ride the momentum of a historic Zach LaVine performance into a week of Western Conference play.
  • Portland Trail Blazers (5-12) – If you think being a Bulls fan has been painful to start this season, you should check out the Blazers. Now on a four-game losing streak, the Blazers went from conference final material to right at the Bulls level. It’s hard to ever rule out Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but as this Saturday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers showed, these two matchups with the Bulls could be closer than expected.
  • Golden State Warriors (3-14) – The Warriors look to be in full tank mode. If the Bulls drop this game, make room on the list of “worst losses this season.”

Game Times and Broadcast Info:

  • Game 1: Monday, November 25th – Trail Blazers at Bulls (7:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 2: Wednesday, November 27th – Bulls at Warriors (9:30 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 3: Friday, Trail Blazers 29th – Trail Blazers at Bulls (9:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score

Chicago Bulls Roster Notes:

Expected Starters:

  1. Tomas Satoransky
  2. Zach LaVine
  3. Shaquille Harrison
  4. Lauri Markkanen
  5. Wendell Carter Jr.

Unavailable/Injured: Otto Porter OUT (foot), Cristiano Felicio OUT (wrist)

Additional Roster Notes: Chandler Hutchison suffered shin splints and sat out in the Bulls matchups against the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. Hutchison was available for the Bulls last game against the Charlotte Hornets but did not check into the game. Luke Kornet has been inactive for the team’s previous four games after undergoing an option nasal surgery, he has now resumed basketball activity.

Opponents’ Roster Notes:

Unavailable/Injured:

  • Trail Blazers – Gary Trent Jr. QUESTIONABLE (hamstring), Zach Collins OUT (shoulder), Jusuf Nurkic OUT (leg)
    • Damian Lillard missed two games with a back injury before returning to action this Saturday. The All-Star appears to be fine, but he did have to confirm “playing through pain” after shooting 7-20 in the Blazers’ loss to the Cavs this weekend.
  • Warriors – Stephen Curry OUT (hand), Klay Thompson OUT (knee), Kevon Looney OUT (hamstring), D’Angelo Rusell OUT (thumb), Jacob Evans OUT (hip), Damion Lee OUT (hand)
    • Green is listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Thunder, so chances are he’ll be likely for Wednesday night’s game against the Bulls.

Keep An Eye Out For …

Bulls Players: Can Zach LaVine keep it going? While LaVine has had several high-scoring nights this season, we hadn’t seen him take over a game until this past weekend. Now, he faces teams with the 22nd (Portland) and 30th (Golden State) defensive ratings in the league, which feels like a nice way to come off a career-high performance. If LaVine wants to prove he can post those All-Star-caliber numbers once again (and he does), then this week offers the perfect opportunity to get back on track. It also presents a great opportunity to show Bulls’ fans he can be a winning player. Time to lead the way and take care of the weaker opponents – something he wasn’t able to do during the opening stretch of this season.

Trail Blazers: Considering Damian Lillard is always a force to be reckoned with, let’s go with his co-star CJ McCollum. Something about playing Chicago works for McCollum, but don’t take my word for it …

McCollum has been red hot over his last five games, averaging 27.2 points per game. Over those five games, he’s shot 44 percent from behind the arc and is averaging a whopping 10 three-point attempts per game. Some of these numbers have been inflated due to the two-game absence of Lillard, but still, he’s executing at a high level right now. Let’s just say, I’m extremely worried about the Bulls’ aggressive defense and leaving a guy like McCollum open on the floor. Also, just for fun, watch out for the Carmelo Anthony revenge game (lolololol).

Golden State Warriors: If the Warriors pull off a victory over the Bulls, it’ll most likely be because of Eric Paschall. Yes, the Warriors have Draymond Green, but a second player is going to have to rise up for this team to stay competitive, and so far that’s been Paschall. The rookie has already proven he can put together some high-scoring outings while also filling the stat sheet in other places. Whether he is dropping 20 points, grabbing seven boards or dishing out seven assists, Paschall can find a way to leave his mark on the game.



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.