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Pre-Gamin’: Warriors at Bulls — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

Please don’t get embarrassed on national TV again. Please don’t get embarrassed on national TV again. Please don’t get embarrassed on national TV again. Please don’t get embarrassed on national TV again…

Game Info

Golden State Warriors (30-11) at Chicago Bulls (27-11) – 9:00 p.m. CT on ESPN (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Lonzo Ball
2. Coby White
3. Zach LaVine
4. DeMar DeRozan
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Patrick Williams OUT (Wrist), Derrick Jones Jr. OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (Foot), Javonte Green OUT (groin), Tyler Cook (ankle)

Golden State Warriors

1. Stephen Curry
2. Jordan Poole
3. Otto Porter
4. Andrew Wiggins
5. Kevon Looney

Injury Report: Klay Thompson OUT (rest), Draymond Green OUT (calf), James Wiseman OUT (knee), Gary Payton OUT (back)

What to Watch For …

•   While Chicago may be dealing with a stretch of four games in five days, they should come in tonight as the more well-rested team. The Golden State Warriors were up north in Milwaukee last night for a blowout loss to the Bucks. Thanks to playing just 24 hours before, Klay Thompson will sit on the sideline for this matchup as the Warriors try to ease him back into a full workload. Defensive stopper Gary Payton III will also sit out tonight due to a back injury he suffered after playing just under five minutes last night. Add in the already-expected absences of Draymond Green and James Wiseman, and the Bulls should come in with a slight edge.

•   Still, the Warriors are competing for the top spot in the West for a reason, and that reason is Stephen Curry. The last time these two teams met on November 12th, Curry dropped 40 points behind a 15-24 shooting performance from the field. Considering the Bulls are missing some of their best defenders, and Curry likely has a chip on his shoulder from last night’s game, color me slightly concerned.

•   The Bulls’ offense fell stagnant on Wednesday, and that was against the 15th-ranked defense. The Warriors sit with the top defensive rating in the league, and it will be up to the Bulls “Big 3” to promote better ball movement in the halfcourt. I’d expect to see even more offense run through Nikola Vucevic tonight, as the Bulls focus on more off-ball play and try to use his interior passing skills to their advantage. We’re also surely due for a big DeMar DeRozan game, right? While the Bulls’ soon-to-be five-time All-Star has remained solid, he’s averaged just 18.5 points in the last four contests on just 15.3 shot attempts per game.

•   Bulls better play well or Billy might tell Gordon to come in the locker room after the game …

•   More in here …



Author: Elias Schuster

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