(Photo: Bill Smith/Chicago Bulls)
Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls
5:00 PM Pacific time / 8:00 PM Eastern Time
United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: Local: None, National: TNT
Line: Los Angeles Lakers no line as of 7am PST
Los Angeles Lakers: 9-19, 13th in the Western Conference
Chicago Bulls: 19-9, 4th in the Eastern Conference
Record vs. each other: Lakers are 0-2 versus the Warriors this season.
Out: Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring), Xavier Henry (Achilles)
Probable: Kobe Bryant (fatigue)
Questionable: Kirk Hinrich (hamstring)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The Lakers are coming off their best game of the season on Tuesday, a 115-105 victory over the team with the best record in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors.
- The Lakers had 7 players scoring in double figures, led by Carlos Boozer who scored 18 points off the bench.
- The Lakers shot 51.7 percent from the field and a scorching hot 12 for 26 from the 3-point line.
- It is still up in the air as to Kobe Bryant’s status for Thursday’s game against the Bulls. Bryant was kept out of Tuesday’s game by Coach Bryant in order to give him some rest and hopefully cure his recent inefficiencies from the field and difficulty with turnovers that seem to stem from fatigue.
- Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol face off against each other for this first time since their time together in Los Angeles. Bryant and Gasol won two NBA championships together during their time in Los Angeles. Gasol discussed his time in L.A. and playing alongside Bryant.
Pau sounded very sentimental about Kobe, saying "we have a special bond" & he's "one of the greatest ever." http://t.co/TDMHNYBg7X
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 25, 2014
Pau Gasol, now of Chicago Bulls, says it'll be 'weird' to face Lakers http://t.co/beGTHzLxZ0
— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) December 25, 2014
- Pau Gasol has played great in his first season in Chicago. Gasol is 2nd on the team in scoring at 18 points per game and is averaging 11.4 rebounds per game which would be a career high.
- The most surprising break out player this season has been Jimmy Butler who leads the Bulls in scoring with his 21.7 points per game average which ranks him 11th in the NBA.
- The Bulls come in having won 4 games in a row and 7 of their last 8.