Chicago Bulls (5-3) at Los Angeles Clippers (6-2)
This is a game that is the Bulls win, it’ll be one of the miracles of the season. There’s really not much more that can be said about it, the Clippers just out-match the Bulls in every single way and even if Derrick Rose was in the lineup at the moment, this is still a matchup that would favor that Clippers.
And no, we’re not playing up their win over the Heat last Thursday as the reason this matchup is one-sided — although that’s some pretty good evidence if you’re looking for some.
Instead, we’re taking into account the six games the Clippers have won and how dominant they’ve looked so far this season. When Chris Paul was traded to Los Angeles last year, this is what he was envisioning: a power house team that can both hold you down on defense and burn on offense when the defense fails. It wasn’t a blowout win over the Heat, but it was the kind of win we saw from the Bulls back in 2011.
And this Bulls team couldn’t be further away from that year’s squad.
Look, I’ll be frank: the Bulls will be lucky if they hang in there and honestly this team is so full of surprises that it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that they do hang in there. But if it is close, don’t mistake it for this Bulls team looking good, rather it will be an off night for the Clippers.
I’m not trying to be down on the Bulls, but they lost to 3-4 Hornets team that was without Anthony Davis or Eric Gordon and that was at home in Chicago. This is a bi-polar team if I’ve ever seen one and that’s why anything they do, whether it be winning, losing or looking solid, has to be taken with a fistful of salt.
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8:00pm CST/9:00pm EST
Nat’l TV: N/A
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Line: Clippers -6.0
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG Derrick Rose (OUT), PG Kirk Hinrich (QUESTIONABLE)
LOS ANGELES – NONE
Key Matchup: Can the Bulls stunt the red hot Clippers and hold down an explosive offense?
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Last 10 Games
Last Game: Bulls beat Suns 112-106, Clippers beat Heat 107-100
Last Meeting: December 30, 2011– Bulls 114, Clippers 101
Prediction: Bulls 92, Clippers 100