The Warriors try to extend their winning streak to 12 games when they visit the Bulls. Golden State’s potent offense is led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson but their defense has been what has them on the verge of recording the longest winning streak in franchise history. The Warriors won 11 games from December 29, 1971-January 22, 1972.
Their defense will be the key to this game if their offensive struggles at the United Center continue, although the Bulls have been surprisingly mediocre at home defensively.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have never won in Chicago and both have been worse offensively at the United Center than at any other NBA venue. Curry has averaged 12.3 points and shot 34.5 percent in four games in Chicago while Thompson has scored just 21 points on 7 of 21 shooting in two visits.
The Warriors are averaging only 87.8 points during a five-game losing streak in Chicago. Overall they’re 6-28 there over the past 35 years. They won once in the past 12 visits and the last three weren’t close, with the Bulls winning each by at least 16 points. Derrick Rose didn’t play in the last two, including a 103-83 victory on February 26 when Curry and Thompson combined for 13 points.
While the Warriors are 9-1 on the road, the Bulls are just 2-4 at home. Opponents visiting the United Center averaged less than 90 points in the previous four years before averaging 105.3 this season (although that number is slightly inflated because three of the six games went to overtime).
Golden State has held opponents to 94.9 points per game and 40.5 percent from the field during the win streak. Curry had four of the team’s 11 steals in a 112-85 rout of the Pelicans on Thursday. He added 19 points and 11 assists while Klay Thompson scored 23. The Warriors have now allowed fewer than 98 points in seven of eight.
Pau Gasol hopes to record six straight double-doubles for the first time since February 2012. He is averaged 22.2 points and 12.8 rebounds in his last six games. Joakim Noah on the other hand has battled through an ankle problem to grab at least 10 rebounds in his last four games while averaging 5.5 assists. He finished with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting in Wednesday’s 102-95 win at Charlotte.
It’s worth noting that Taj Gibson could return against the Warriors. He went through a full practice yesterday after missing the last six games with an ankle injury. Derrick Rose is as healthy as ever. He has played in six straight games after appearing in only five of the team’s first 13. The Bulls are 8-2 when Rose plays at least 20 minutes.
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