Playing the Chicago Bulls doesn’t sound good. Even if the Bulls are without their best player and MVP Derrick Rose, they’re still very deadly.
Making some smart off-season acquisitions, the Bulls have signed Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, and Marco Belinelli. These are three players averaging double digits, and they are more than capable of filling in for Derrick Rose. This game is going to be rocky.
Keys to the Game: Defense. Isn’t this always a key to the game? Yes.
The Bulls, however, have many offensive weapons that can hurt you in many ways. Since the Warriors don’t really have a great center to match the output of Joakim Noah, they should play a zone. This will be more effective for guarding teams with sharpshooters like Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler.
The Warriors also need to get Klay Thompson going. He’s been doing well the past couple of games, but will need to continue that intensity and hot shooting as the Warriors’ twelve game stretch continues.
A main aspect to look at will be Stephen Curry’s game. After being left out of the all-star team, he will come back strong. Expect his numbers to increase starting with this game.
Matchup to Watch: Stephen Curry vs Anyone
Players to Watch: Stephen Curry, David Lee, Jimmy Butler
Leading Scorer: Stephen Curry, 30
Winner: Warriors Escape by 4
1. Stephen Curry vs Kirk Hinrich
2. Klay Thompson vs Rip Hamilton
3. Harrison Barnes vs Jimmy Butler/Loul Deng
4. David Lee vs Carlos Boozer
5. Festus Ezeli vs Joakim Noah