Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls – NBA, Friday, January 14, 2022

| January 13, 2022 4:08 pm PDT

We have a great matchup on Friday night as the Golden State Warriors take on the Chicago Bulls. The Warriors have the second-best record in the NBA, while the Bulls lead the Eastern Conference.

This will be their second matchup of the season. Golden State embarrassed Chicago with a 26-point victory on November 12. This time, they’ll play in Chicago.

I have a feeling we’ll see a much closer matchup this time. Let’s see how the top NBA betting sites view this matchup.

Warriors vs. Bulls Odds for January 14th

Golden State Warriors (+3.0)-110
Chicago Bulls (-3.0)-110
Over 223.5-110
Under 223.5-110

It’s not often you see the Golden State Warriors as the underdog, but the sportsbooks have a lot of respect for the Chicago Bulls.

Golden State has been one of the best teams against the spread this season, but that hasn’t been the case lately. The Warriors have only covered twice in their last seven games. They lost three times outright as the favorite.

The Warriors have also gone under their point total in 25 of their 40 games.

Chicago’s 23-16 record against the spread is nearly identical to Golden State. Like the Warriors, they’ve also only covered in two of their last seven games. The Bulls are 19-20 on the over/under.

Klay Thompson is back for the Warriors, but they are still without James Wiseman. Draymond Green will miss this game as he deals with a hamstring injury.

Derrick Jones Jr. suffered a knee injury in Wednesday’s night loss that will keep him out 4-to-6 weeks. Alex Caruso remains in COVID protocol.

Let’s preview each team’s chances to pick up a win on Friday night.

Golden State Warriors Preview

The Golden State Warriors have been at the top of the league all season. Right now, only the Phoenix Suns have a better record. The Warriors had such a great start but are we seeing them fall back down to Earth?

They’re 3-4 in their last seven games. For reference, they had 19 wins before losing their fourth game this season. I’m willing to excuse their loss to the New Orleans Pelicans because they didn’t have Stephen Curry or Draymond Green.

Speaking of Curry, there are rumblings that he is losing his hold on the MVP. He remains the favorite to win the award, but there’s a strong argument for why he shouldn’t win the award.

His shooting numbers are uncharacteristically low in January. Let’s check them out.

  • 21.2 points
  • 33.7 field goal percentage
  • 27.5 three-point percentage

It’s only five games, so we can consider it a small sample size. Still, we’re not seeing the monster numbers he was putting up early in the season. That could be an issue, considering how much the Warriors rely on him.

Curry was unstoppable in Golden State’s victory over the Chicago Bulls. He scored a game-high 40 points on 9-17 three-point shooting. Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole were the only other Warriors players to score double digits.

Golden State has the best defense in the league, but can they stop the Bulls offense? The Bulls have scored 130+ points in five of their last 11 games. Golden State’s defense takes a big hit without Green.

Klay Thompson is back in the lineup, but the Warriors are easing him into the action. Thompson likely won’t play on Friday night as the Warriors have already said Thompson won’t play back-to-backs.

The Warriors are a bit shorthanded. Let’s talk about the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls Preview

What a season it has been for the Chicago Bulls. Most people were expecting an improvement, but I don’t think many people saw this coming. They hold the best record in the Eastern Conference at 27-12.

We saw the Brooklyn Nets humble the Bulls a little bit on Wednesday night. Brooklyn dominated in a 138-112 victory. Perhaps the Bulls will take out their frustration on the Golden State Warriors.

A big reason for Chicago’s success is their star duo. Zach LaVine has been the Bulls star for a few years, while DeMar DeRozan has been amazing in his first year with the team.

Lately, we’ve seen their scoring numbers down.

  Zach LaVine DeMar DeRozan
Points 23.5 21.8
Field Goal Percentage 44.7 46.7
Three-Point Percentage 41.9 20.0

Those numbers represent their six games in January. Truthfully, their numbers haven’t affected the Bulls record. Their offense has scored over 110 points four times this month.

Not much went right for the Bulls in their first matchup with the Warriors. They had no answer for Stephen Curry, but even if they did, I’m not sure it would’ve mattered because of their offense.

LaVine and DeRozan had solid performances, combining for 41 points. But what about the rest of the team? Here are their next two highest scorers.

  • Alize Johnson: 9 points
  • Derrick Jones Jr: 9 points

Johnson is no longer with the team, and Jones suffered a knee injury against the Nets. I should note the Bulls didn’t have Nikola Vucevic. His presence should make a big difference for this matchup.

Chicago’s defense has been good, not great this season. How will they perform against the Warriors without one of their best defenders?

Can the Bulls respond from their embarrassing loss to the Nets? Let’s check out my game pick.

Warriors vs. Bulls Pick

  • Chicago Bulls (-3.0)

The Chicago Bulls are coming off a tough loss to the Brooklyn Nets. They are ready to show everyone that loss was a fluke.

On the other side, the Golden State Warriors will enter this matchup on the second leg of a back-to-back. They likely won’t have Draymond Green or Klay Thompson. I don’t think Curry can do it all on his own.

Fans can tune into this matchup Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Bettors can always check out the NBA picks page for the best previews and predictions.

Nicholas Sterling

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