Golden State Warriors vs Chicago Bulls

 

It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood in the Windy City as the first week of the NBA season winds on. The Golden State Warriors are on the road as they travel to face the Chicago Bulls Sunday night. Golden State was walloped 138-99 on the road by Milwaukee on Christmas Day in their most recent contest. Chicago was in action at home against Indiana on Saturday night. The Bulls were clobbered 124-104 at home on Wednesday in their season opener. In the all-time regular season series, the Bulls lead the all-time regular season series by an 84-74 margin but the Warriors have taken six straight meetings. That includes a 100-98 road victory here in the most recent meeting on December 6, 2019.

Golden State Warriors Looking for First Win

Golden State had higher expectations after posting the league’s worst record last season with a 15-50 record. The Warriors have fallen flat on their face in their first two contests as they were clobbered by 26 points by Brooklyn in their opener before getting drubbed by 39 by Milwaukee on Christmas. Golden State trailed by eight after the opening quarter and by 10 at the half before the wheels completely came off the bus. The Warriors were outscored 72-43 in the second half to turn the game into a rout as the Golden State defense cratered again, giving up 100 points in the first three quarters. In the game, the Warriors shot 34.3 percent from the field, including 10 of 45 from three-point range, and took a 60-43 beating on the glass. Golden State saw Milwaukee shoot 54.9 percent in the game, including 20 of 37 from beyond the arc, in the loss. Stephen Curry led five Warriors in double figures with 19 points and six assists in the loss.On the season, the Warriors are 28th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 99 points per game on the year. Golden State stands 13th in the league in rebounding with an average of 45 boards a night while they stand 26th by dishing out an average of 20 assists a night. The Warriors are 28th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 131.5 points per contest. Stephen Curry leads the team with 19.5 points, four rebounds and eight assists per game on the season. James Wiseman kicks in 18.5 points plus seven boards a night while Andrew Wiggins puts up 12.5 points a game. Golden State looks to Kelly Oubre Jr., Brad Wanamaker, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and Jordan Poole to contribute on both ends of the floor for coach Steve Kerr. As a team, the Warriors are 28th in the league by shooting 35.9 percent from the floor on the year. Golden State stands 19th by knocking down an average of 10 three-pointers a night while they are 25th by shooting only 25.6 percent from three-point range on the season.

Chicago Bulls Playing Second Game of Back-to-Back Situation

Chicago was at home as they faced the Pacers in a Central Division clash on Saturday night so they will play the second game of a back-to-back situation here. The Bulls will hope that they can shake off the fatigue factor and getting crushed in their opener in this contest. Against the Hawks, Chicago was out of the game early as they were tied at seven two minutes in before giving up a quick 14-2 run that left them down 12. The Bulls never seriously challenged after that as they were down 13 after the opening quarter, by 24 at the half and by 32 after three quarters before Atlanta took their foot off the gas. That allowed Chicago to cut the deficit in garbage time.

In the contest, Chicago shot only 41.4 percent from the field, including an eight of 35 showing from beyond the arc. The Bulls allowed the Hawks to shoot 53.8 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 29 Atlanta points. Zach LaVine led Chicago with 22 points in the defeat. Lauri Markkanen put up 21 points plus seven rebounds in the contest, Patrick Williams added 16 in his NBA debut and Otto Porter Jr. had 14 off the bench in the loss. The Bulls have to get better production from young guys like Wendell Carter Jr. (two of five, six points, six boards) and Coby White (two of 11, nine points, seven assists) if they hope to have success as the season goes forward. Chicago hopes that Garrett Temple may be ready to return to action after he missed the opener, while Thaddeus Young remained sidelined with a leg infection.