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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Bulls - 1/11/19
The Warriors close out their season series with the Bulls on Friday night at Oracle Arena.
RUN WITH THE BULLS
History was made the last time these two teams met — Klay Thompson went off to break Stephen Curry’s NBA 3-point record with 14 made treys. Alfonzo McKinnie also had a career night against his hometown team, where he recorded four 3-pointers on a career high 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Dubs cruised to a 149-124 win back in October. Now, the Dubs look to continue their momentum after a Tuesday night win that snapped a three-game home losing streak when a young, athletic Chicago Bulls team makes their only visit to the Bay Area this season for a matchup that's presented by Budweiser.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors beat the New York Knicks 122-95, ending the team's three-game loosing streak at home. » Full Game Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|2nd in West||13th in East|
|PTS: 116.7 (3rd)||PTS: 100.7 (30th)|
|REB: 46.1 (9th)||REB: 41.4 (27th)|
|AST: 28.3 (1st)||AST: 21.6 (27th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
CHI: Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Chandler Hutchison
INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out. Shaun Livingston (left knee soreness) is TBD. Team Notes
CHI: Denzel Valentine (left ankle procedure) is out. Team Notes
KLAY GONNA KLAY
Klay Thompson is coming off his second 40-point performance of the season. He did not need a trip to the free throw line and just four dribbles to score 43 points against the Knicks on Tuesday. On Friday, Thompson will look to build on that performance against the same Bulls team that he made 14 treys against back in October. He has turned it up in 2019, averaging 30 points while shooting 46.7 percent from distance over the first three games in January. Whether or not Thompson can carry over this momentum to Friday is surely something to keep an eye on as the Dubs wrap up their season series with the Bulls.
|PTS: Curry (28.9)||PTS: LaVine (23.5)|
|REB: Green (8.0)||REB: Portis (7.5)|
|AST: Green (6.8)||AST: Dunn (6.9)|
CHICAGO SCOUTING REPORT
This will be the Bulls' only visit to Oracle this season, and the second game of a five-game road trip for the team. Chicago currently ranks last in the NBA in points per game and offensive rating. Despite being in the bottom three teams in the Eastern Conference, this Bulls squad is young and athletic. Chicago has an exciting backcourt duo in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn; LaVine leads the bulls with 23.5 points per game and Dunn currently averages 6.9 assists and 1.3 steals. Lauri Markkanen, the seventh overall pick of the 2017 draft, is also having a nice sophomore season with 17 points per game. He makes almost than two and a half 3-pointers per game while shooting over 40 percent from distance, so the Dubs will certainly need to guard the perimeter in an effort to complete a 2-0 homestand.