While Christmas wasn't exactly jolly for the Chicago Bulls and their fans, everyone got a late present the next evening when the Chicago Bulls' divisional game against the Indiana Pacers was delayed due to a snowstorm.
Aside from a win, or a loss that was at least less embarrassing, nothing could have been better for Chicago. The team didn't have to play a back to back game, didn't have to play exhausted, and had time to work out the kinks in practice. But best of all, they ended up drawing the Wizards as their next opponents, a team that is sure to boost their morale. They'll also get Rip Hamilton back from the foot injury he suffered on December 4, if he doesn't suffer any setbacks today. He'll be on a limited minutes count, but he will start.
(Editor's Note: Well, at least until he's finally traded, anyway.)
This season, the Washington Wizards have been… well, they've been a laughing stock to put it nicely. After opening the season with a 12 game losing streak, the Wizards have managed to win four of their next 15 games while throwing in another eight game losing streak into the mix. It speaks volumes about a team when they lose to the lowly Detroit Pistons by a whopping 32 points.
Comparing the two teams on offense and defense, Chicago seems like the clear cut winner.
In this game, I wouldn't expect the Bulls may not be much more of an offensive threat then they have been in the past as they will be facing an average level defense (the Wizards are 13th in the middle of the league in points allowed). Luckily for Chicago, offense will not be needed in this game.
We all know that the Bulls boast one of the league's best defenses, yet again. Almost all of Chicago's players are strong playing in a unit as well as one on one defense. This game should highlight these skills as the Wizards are worst offensive team in the league. According to Basketball Reference, the Wizards currently have the worst team field goal percentage, offensive rating, and score the least amount of points per game.
Overall, I believe Chicago should be able to pull out a win in tonight's game but, of course, trap games are always a possibility in the NBA. Let's hope after the shellacking received in the last game the Bulls can pull out a big win. Not just for the sake of the division standings, but for the moral of all Bulls fans.
- Luol Deng is currently questionable with a sprained left ankle
- Trevor Ariza
- John Wall
- Trevor Booker
- AJ Price
Point Guard: Jordan Crawford
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal
Small Forward: Martell Webster
Power Forward: Kevin Seraphin
Center: Emeka Okafor