Chuck's Daily Check In - 12.2.19

Chuck Previews Tonight's Matchup vs. The Kings
Team Huddle
by Chuck Swirsky

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GAME NIGHT FROM SACRAMENTO

Bulls: (6-14, 3-7 on the road) at Sacramento: (8-10, 5-3 at home)

TV: NBCSC: Adam Amin and Stacey King: 9PM CT
RADIO: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, and David Schuster. 8:45 CT

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 22 ppg. Sacramento: Hield: 20 ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 9 per. Sacramento: Holmes: 8 per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5 per. Sacramento: Bogdanovic: 4 per.

PREVIEW: The Bulls look to salvage a game on this mini three-game road trip as they take on a banged-up Kings ball club, fresh off a home-court win over Denver. The Bulls effort and energy was on full display in Portland as the Bulls played a hard-fought game, only to see the Blazers make plays at crunch time. The Bulls play three teams this week under .500 and all three clubs, Sacramento, Memphis, and Golden State are dealing with the absence of impact players.

The Kings are just two games under .500 in the tough Western Conference and that's a tribute to Head Coach Luke Walton and his players. Marvin Bagley III and De'Aaron Fox remain sidelined so the Kings have relied on the scoring of Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and (fill in the blank). Richaun Holmes has played well for the Kings averaging 11 points and eight rebounds.

I'm expecting Zach LaVine to continue his torrid scoring and go off tonight against the Kings.

Zach LaVine dribbling

24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:

Los Angeles Clippers 150, Washington 125: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 56 points. LAC is 12-1 at home.

Dallas 114, Los Angeles Lakers 100: Luka Doncic idolizes LeBron James. When/if there is a passing of the torch, Doncic is the guy. He scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half as the Lakers ten-game win streak comes to an end.

Detroit 132, San Antonio 98: The Pistons outscored the Spurs 37-20 in the third to seal the deal. Christian Wood scored a career-high 28 points for the Pistons. The Spurs dropped to 7-14.

OKC 107, New Orleans 104: The Pels have lost five straight.

Orlando 100, Golden State 96: Evan Fournier with a season-high 32 points.

Toronto 130, Utah 110: The Raps are rolling. Nick Nurse is an early candidate for Coach of the Year. No Leonard (FA to LAC). No Lowry (injured). Pascal Siakam scored 35 points. Toronto led 77-37 at halftime.

Miami 109, Brooklyn 106: The Heat rallied from a seven-point deficit with 1:45 left. Miami finished on a 10-0 run. Bam Adebayo had a 17 points-16 rebounds game.

Boston 113, New York 104: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 58 points. The Knicks have lost six straight and fell to 4-16.

Memphis 115, Minnesota 107: The Grizzlies won despite the absence of stars Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas. The win ended a six-game losing streak for Memphis.

Thanks for reading CCI. Reach out: cswirsky@bulls.com or Twitter @ctsbulls

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