It seems like the Chicago Bulls have decided to pick things up as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to push it to six as they host the 14-14 Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers, on the other hand, are coming off of a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that went through three overtimes. The Bulls and the 76ers have played each other a total of 237 times in the past with the Bulls winning 114 games while the 76ers won 123 games. This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.
Zach LaVine (knee)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG,
Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Trevor Booker (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 24.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 49.0 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
The beginning of the game would be a competitive one as the Bulls shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot fifty percent. Justin Holiday would score 20 points on fifty-eight percent shooting, which included five three-pointers. Kris Dunn contributed with 12 points while chalking up two defensive rebounds and three assists. David Nwaba played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.
As for the 76ers, Ben Simmons had 13 points on fifty-five percent shooting from the field. He also managed to pull down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while giving out three assists. J.J. Redick ended up with nine points which held two three-pointers early in the first period. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored four points as the Bulls headed into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.
The game would still remain competitive as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent from the field while the Bulls ended up shooting forty-one percent. Kris Dunn continued to impress as he recorded 10 additional points while collecting two defensive rebounds and throwing out three assists. Bobby Portis had seven rebounds and three points off of the bench while Denzel Valentine had four points. Nikola Mirotic played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for fifteen points. Dario Saric scored 20 of the 76ers’ 56 points but it was the Chicago Bulls who slipped away with a 117-115 victory.
Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 22 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block. Kris Dunn also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Dario Saric scored a season-high 27 points, collected 8 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals.
The Chicago Bulls will host Aaron Gordon (18.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (11-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. This game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will play each other this season. The Bulls and the Magic have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Bulls won 61 games while the Magic pulled 52 wins. The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Bulls handed the Magic a 105 to 83 blowout loss. In that game, Justin Holiday had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Evan Fournier finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.
The Philadelphia 76ers will host Zach Randolph (15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 51 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (9-20) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season. These ball clubs have met up a total of 307 as the Kings won 134 games while the 76ers pulled out 173 wins. November 9 was the last time they battled each other as the Kings slipped away with a 109-108 win. Zach Randolph had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Robert Covington finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.