Jan 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) is defended by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Visit Bulls As Road Trip Continues: Game Preview

With the longest active-win streak in the NBA at four games, the Golden State Warriors will look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Chicago Bulls on the road on Wednesday night.

The story leading up to the game will be the health of David Lee. Lee, who has missed the last two games with the stomach flu and didn’t make the trip with the team to Detroit, is expected to join the squad in Chicago and could play against the Bulls. If Lee is indeed alright to play, the Warriors will have their full starting lineup for the first time in eight games, as Andrew Bogut recently came back from a shoulder injury.

Although the Warriors beat the Bulls 102-87 on Feb. 6, the circumstances this time around are a lot different. That game was played at Oracle Arena, and the Bulls are playing better now than they were back then. At the moment, the Bulls are on a tear, winners of six of their last seven, with the only loss at the hands of the Heat. They also have Carlos Boozer healthy, as Boozer missed the previous meeting with an injury. The Warriors may have David Lee back, but they will still have to deal with three legitimate big men in Boozer, Taj Gibson, and Joakim Noah, which is not an easy task.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.3 (10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.7 (9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 37.9% (5th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.3% (T-2nd)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.9 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 15.4 (28th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 24.5 (28th)

Bulls:

  • Points per game: 92.5 (30th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 42.7% (28th)
  • Three-point percentage: 34.1% (27th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.3% (T-2nd)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.9 (9th)
  • Turnovers: 14.7 (T-21st)
  • Bench scoring per game: 27.3 (23rd)

The Bulls may be the one of the worst offensive teams in the league, but they counter that with tough defense, tied with the Warriors for second in defensive field-goal percentage. Look for this to be a low-scoring, grind-it-out type of game.

History Says

Via Warriors.com game notes:

  • The Bulls have won seven of the last 11 against the Warriors, including a 2-0 sweep over the Warriors in 2012-13.
  • Golden State has lost 10 of their last 11 games at the United Center in Chicago.

Injury Report

GSW: David Lee (flu) is questionable. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

CHI: Derrick Rose (right knee) is out.

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (35-22)

  • F Andre Iguodala (9.6 PPG)
  • F David Lee (19.1 PPG)
  • C Andrew Bogut (8.1 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.1 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (24.2 PPG)

CHICAGO (30-26)  

  • F Mike Dunleavy (10.9 PPG)
  • F Carlos Boozer (10.7 PPG)
  • C Joakim Noah (12.0 PPG)
  • G Tony Snell (5.6 PPG)
  • G Kirk Hinrich (8.6 PPG)

Game Info

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Location: United Center, Chicago, IL

TV: LOCAL

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