San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at the United Center.

The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT and will be televised on TNT. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

The matchup is the first of two between the two teams.

The Spurs are rolling as they have won four straight games, while the Bulls have lost four of their last five games.

How will the Spurs fare against the Bulls? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key players to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 27-16 overall and 12-10 on the road. The Spurs are coming off a 109-99 win against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 18 points.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are 27-16 overall and 12-10 at home. They are coming off a 108-94 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Marco Belinelli– Marco Belinelli is out with a left groin injury.

Chicago Bulls

Joakim Noah– Joakim Noah is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Mike Dunleavy– Mike Dunleavy is questionable with an ankle injury.

Players to Watch For Chicago Bulls

Jimmy Butler- Jimmy Butler is arguably the frontrunner for Most Improved, as he is simply on a tear this season. He is averaging 20.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Everyone knows he is a terrific defender, his improvement on offense has made him a lock for the all-star game.

Derrick Rose– Through the first few months of the season it was clear that Derrick Rose wasn’t the same player he was before injuries. In the past few weeks he sure looks close. He is averaging 24 points and 6.8 assists in the past five games. On the season, he is averaging 18 points and 5.1 assists.

Pau Gasol– Pau Gasol is enjoying the best season he has had in years. Gasol has shown he has lots more in the tank than it appeared the last few season, performances like his 46 points and 18 rebounds against Milwaukee exemplify that. His averages of 18.7 points and 11.4 rebounds should place him in the all-star game as a starter.

Prediction

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This national televised game will come down the wire. The home crowd and backcourt of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose will edge the Spurs backcourt and lead them to a three point win.

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