Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Preview
In an interconference matchup tonight, the Golden State Warriors (27-14) will host the Chicago Bulls (10-31) at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors are on a two-game winning streak and have won six of their last 10 games. Chicago, who sits on the bottom end of the Eastern Conference has last five straight and has won just three of their last 10.
The Warriors and Bulls last played on October 29, with the Warriors blasting the Bulls 149-124 in a game where Klay Thompson set a three-point shooting record and recorded 52 points. Jabari Parker had a big game that night, but since then, coach Fred Hoiberg was fired and Parker has been moved out of the rotation.
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Channel: NBCSCH, NBCSBA
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
The Golden State Warriors will be well rested for tonight’s game as they will be playing in just their second game in six days.
After losing to the Rockets by one point in overtime last Thursday, they have won their last two against the Kings, and they blew out the Knicks 122-95.
They limited all but two of the Knicks starters under double digits in scoring, and Klay Thompson has officially put his December slump behind him. He had 43 points, and as our Tom Petrini pointed out, he did it all taking four dribbles.
It was also a marquee night for several other Warriors players. Draymond Green didn’t need to score much, but he had 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry had a 14 and 14 game with points and assists, and Kevin Durant continued doing Kevin Durant things.
Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup
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There’s been one common thread in most of the Bulls’ losses lately – they’ve been blowouts. The trouble is the blowouts haven’t come against the toughest opposition. Brooklyn beat them by 17 and the Magic beat them by 28.
Going up against the two-time defending champions, the Bulls will hope to avoid another blowout and stop their skid from reaching six games.
Against Portland on Wednesday, their problems came more on the defensive end. Most of their scorers found their shots, with rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. finishing with 22 points, and Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, and Lauri Markkanen finishing in double figures as well.
They were also beat on the boards all night, and with Draymond Green around, they’ll have to make sure to try to box him out and keep him from giving the Warriors additional scoring opportunities.
Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds
It’s no surprise at all to see the Warriors as big favorites, with the spread at -15.5 for Golden State. The over/under is 219 points.
Golden State is 16-6 at home and 26-10 as the favorite. Chicago is 5-15 on the road and 9-31 as the underdog.
DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Kevin Durant ($10.1k) and Zach Lavine ($6.9k) are the stud picks for this matchup at Oracle. Durant has been Mr. Consistent for the Warriors and is projected to finish with 46.51 points on FanDuel. LaVine is projected for 31.83 points.
Draymond Green ($7.4k) and Wendell Carter Jr. ($6.2k) are value players. Green may not always need to provide the scoring, but your team will benefit from his work on the boards and assists, and Carter has played well for the Bulls lately. Green is projected for 36.23 points and Carter is expected to finish with 26.53.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.