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Game Preview: Warriors at Bulls - 1/17/18
The Warriors look to tie a franchise record with their 14th-straight road win on Wednesday against the Bulls.
WINDY CITY ON WEDNESDAY
Coming off their third-straight win to begin their current road trip, the Warriors head to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Wednesday night. This will be the second and final meeting between the teams this season, after Golden State scored a season-high 143 points on their way to a win in their first encounter back on November 24. Tipoff is schedule for 5:00 p.m. (Pacific). Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.
LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Draymond Green just missed another triple-double, as the Warriors completed the season sweep over the Cavs on Monday. Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|1st in West||12th in East|
|PTS: 115.9 (1st)||PTS: 102.8 (23rd)|
|REB: 44.4 (11th)||REB: 44.5 (9th)|
|AST: 30.6 (1st)||AST: 23.7 (4th)|
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Jordan Bell and Zaza Pachulia
CHI: Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Justin Holiday, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez
PASSING THE LEAGUE BY
Golden State collected 11 assists on 13 made baskets in the first quarter of their win in Cleveland on Monday, setting the stage for yet another 30-plus assist performance. The Dubs would finish the game with 33 helpers, marking their 26th 30-assist game this season and the 147th 30-assist game the Warriors have had since Steve Kerr became Head Coach. That's three times as many as the next-closest team over that span, the Hawks, who have 49 such games.
|PTS: Curry (27.6)||PTS: Mirotic (17.3)|
|REB: Green (7.9)||REB: Markkanen (7.6)|
|AST: Green (7.6)||AST: Dunn (6.4)|
CHICAGO SCOUTING REPORT
After a miserable start to the season, the young Bulls have turned things around and are currently playing some of their best basketball of the year. Chicago has rebounded somewhat from a 3-20 start to improve to 17-27 on the season, including wins in each of their last three games. First round pick Lauri Markkanen has gotten off to a great start to his NBA career and currently leads the team in scoring. With 101 made three-pointers in his first 41 games, Markkanen broke Damian Lillard’s NBA record for the fewest games needed to reach 100 career made threes. Meanwhile, Zach LaVine just returned to play the last two games after missing more than 11 months recovering from a torn ACL, and he joins Kris Dunn in giving Chicago one of the youngest, most athletic backcourts in the entire league. Despite their recent resurgence, the Bulls have struggled on both ends of the court, as they average the eight-fewest points per game, and have posted the sixth-worst defensive rating in the league to-date. Given the fact that Golden State scored a season-high 143 points in their 49-point win over the Bulls in their only other encounter this season, Chicago will likely need a considerably better defensive effort if they hope to even the season series with Golden State on Wednesday.