The Chicago Bulls will be facing off against the Golden State Warriors tonight, a team that they’ve notoriously struggled against. Coming off a huge come-back victory against the Detroit Pistons a few days ago, the Bulls are now 25-16. The Warriors on the other hand, had a huge win of their own against the league-leading Oklahoma City Thunder. Not that it matters, but they’re almost identical to Chicago in the standings with a 26-15 record.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Warriors came out ahead by eight points. It was Chicago’s second game of the shortened season and the only time they matched up against each other in the 66-game affair.
The narrative of this game, which will somehow be underlying and annoying at the same time, is going to revolve around yesterday’s all-star selections. Joakim Noah was chosen to represent the East reserves, marking his first all-star berth. Unfortunately for the Warriors, point guard Stephen Curry is the first name on the list of snubs.
Just a few seasons ago, Chicago felt the wrath of LaMarcus Aldridge being left out of the game in a loss to the Portland Trailblazers. The Bulls elite defense may have to provide something extra in order to fend of a motivated Curry, accompanied by all-star David Lee.
Luol Deng, who was also selected to the all-star game has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. Chances are, he’ll be sitting out this round too. Sophomore Jimmy Butler, who has been averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds as a starter, will most likely be the starter.
Location: United Center
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — SF Luol Deng (DOUBTFUL)
Key Matchup: Can the Bulls fend off the surprise Warriors with an angry Stephen Curry?
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Prediction: Bulls 101, Warriors 93