Golden State Warriors vs Chicago Bulls: Injury Updates, Line-Up and Predictions

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December 28, 2020 3:30 am

The Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls are meeting each other in a matchup that may carry more weight than many expected. Both teams have opened their seasons with consecutive losses. While the Warriors faced opposition like the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bulls had far less impressive opponents.

They first lost to the Atlanta Hawks in a game where they trailed by 40 points at one point. They followed that up with another blowout loss at the hands of the Indiana Pacers. The Warriors have been given an easier matchup, but the Bulls will also look to upset the former dynasty at their most vulnerable.

The Bulls have a mostly healthy roster with only Thaddeus Young questionable due to a lower leg injury. The Warriors are still without guard Klay Thompson who will miss the season recovering from an Achilles tear. They will also be without Alen Samilagic (knee), Marquese Chriss (lower leg), and Draymond Green (foot), who may return.

Golden State Warriors vs Chicago Bulls: Which team gets their first win of the season?

The Warriors need this win desperately. The expectations for the Bulls season weren’t high going in, but the Warriors did have high expectations.

Even after the Thompson injury, Steph Curry is expected to lead this team to a playoff spot. They have the depth for it and should be able to take care of the catastrophic Bulls.

Dec 26, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots against Indiana Pacers guard Justin Holiday (8) during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The high hopes for new head coach Billy Donovan have suddenly faded as the Bulls have been the worst team starting this season. They do have an unpredictable style of play which may come good against the Warriors. They are heavily reliant on Zach LaVine to do everything offensively for them without a lot of defense on the team to stop others.

As for our prediction, we are going with a Warriors win. The Bulls have very little wing defense on the team outside rookie Patrick Williams. Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins should be able to show up while Steph can make the shots we know he will make. Lavine will probably impress as usual, but this seems to be the perfect game for GSW to win.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub. Ishaan has a keen interest in theatre and films, and has dabbled in the art, winning several awards for his scripts over the years. He has written for popular YouTube channels such as The Wrestling Hub and WhatCulture. Now, Ishaan also heads the site's NCAA Basketball division.

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