Weekly Preview: Kings, Grizzlies, Warriors, Heat – December 2-8, 2019

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Weekly Preview: Kings, Grizzlies, Warriors, Heat – December 2-8, 2019

Chicago Bulls

Well, I’d say the Bulls have an easy schedule coming up, but when has that ever helped?

We’re Going Streaking:

  • The Chicago Bulls (6-14) just lost two games to the below-.500 Trail Blazers and one to the well-below-.500 Warriors last week, after barely squeaking out a win over the Hornets. They have not been good.
  • The Sacramento Kings (8-10) have had a roller coaster of a season. After starting the year off with five straight losses, they won six of their next eight games and then dropped two of their next three. Ultimately, they’re still a couple under games under .500, but they’ve certainly been better lately than their record implies.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies (6-13) just beat the Timberwolves on Sunday but lost six straight contests before that. And if you recall, the Bulls beat them 110-102 back on October 25th, so they’ve earned their bottom-feeder status and then some.
  • The Golden State Warriors (4-17) would be easy to make fun of if they didn’t just beat up on the Bulls. At 4-17, they’re technically the worst team in basketball, but what does that say about Chicago.
  • The Miami Heat: (14-5) have won 8 of their last 10 games – including a 116-108 win over the Bulls in Chicago – with their only loss coming against good teams in the Rockets (13-6) and 76ers (14-6). This will be the last time the Bulls see the Heat until March.

Game Times and Broadcast Info:

  • Game 1: Monday, December 2nd – Bulls at Kings (9:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 2: Wednesday, December 4th – Grizzlies at Bulls (7:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 3: Friday, December 6th – Warriors at Bulls (7:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 4: Sunday, December 8th – Bulls at Heat (5:00 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 is currently out (shoulder) with no timetable for return, but he and Otto Porter should be re-evaluated sometime this week, according to K.C. Johnson.

Opponents’ Roster Notes:

Unavailable/Injured:

  • Kings – Marvin Bagley III OUT (thumb), De’Aaron Fox OUT (ankle)
    • Trevor Ariza has been battling a groin injury but should be prepared to play tonight against the Bulls. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been dealing with a hamstring injury and is listed a probable for Monday night’s game.
  • Grizzlies – Ja Morant OUT (back spasms),
    • Brandon Clarke, Jonas Valanciunas, and Kyle Anderson are all day-to-day as of Monday’s injury report. All could be ready to play the Bulls on Wednesday.
  • 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)
  • Heat – KZ Okpala OUT (Achillies)
    • Dion Waiters is listed as Day-to-Day on Monday’s injury report. Waiters has served a 10-game suspension and is working his way back into the Heat’s rotation.

Keep An Eye Out For …

Bulls Players: Just read this:

Sacramento Kings: The Sacramento Kings are banged up, but they’ve still managed to hang around in several tough games thanks to the scoring ability of Buddy Hield. The fifth-year player is averaging 28 points over his last three games, including a 41-point outing in the Kings 103-102 loss to the Boston Celtics. With De’Aaron Fox sidelined, Hield is getting up his fair share of attempts, so the Bulls will have their hands full trying to prevent him from heating up.

Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant has been must-watch TV for most of this season, but the Bulls will be avoiding him come this Wednesday due to a back injury. With Morant out, all eyes will be on the team’s second-in-command, Jaren Jackson Jr. The first time around, the Bulls struggled to control Jackson Jr. as he scored 23 points with 11 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen has practically been a liability on the defensive end, and Jim Boylen still isn’t given Thaddeus Young a long leash. Wendell Carter Jr. will already have his hands full trying to keep Jonas Valanciunas from another double-double, so who’s stopping Jackson Jr.?

Golden State Warriors: If you lose to the worst team in the league, do you then become the worst team in the league? Anyway, the Bulls let Alec Burks kill them last game, and that’s not a sentence I thought I’d have to write this season. The Warriors guard hauled in 10 rebounds, dished out 7 assists and scored 23 points. He simply outplayed and out hustled the Bulls the entire game, and considering it was Burks’ only double-double of the season, I’m sure he’ll be looking to do it again this Friday.

Miami Heat: The entire Miami Heat team destroyed the Bulls in their first meeting, but Kendrick Nunn especially had his way with the Bulls backcourt. His physical style of play gave Tomas Satoransky some major problems, and he got off to a hot start, scoring 13 of his 21 total points in the first half on 5-7 shooting. Nunn paced this Heat team to an easy victory, and if the Bulls can’t stay in front of him this time around, the game will run away from them once again.



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is the butler to a wealthy werewolf off the coast of Wales and a writer at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami