Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder set for matchup against the Bulls


Oklahoma City Thunder (19-23, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (19-23, 10th in the Eastern Conference)

Chicago; Friday, 8 p.m. EST


BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder square off against the Chicago Bulls. Gilgeous-Alexander is third in the league averaging 31.0 points per game.

The Bulls are 11-9 on their home court. Chicago ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference with 13.4 fast break points per game led by Zach LaVine averaging 3.4.

The Thunder have gone 6-14 away from home. Oklahoma City has a 3-4 record in one-possession games.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Thunder won 123-119 in overtime in the last matchup on Nov. 26.

TOP PERFORMERS: LaVine averages 3.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Bulls, scoring 23.8 points while shooting 39.9% from beyond the arc. DeMar DeRozan is shooting 50.1% and averaging 25.1 points over the past 10 games for Chicago.

Josh Giddey is averaging 15.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Thunder. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 27.8 points over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 5-5, averaging 117.4 points, 42.4 rebounds, 21.6 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 50.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.1 points per game.

Thunder: 5-5, averaging 122.0 points, 43.2 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 8.7 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.6 points.

INJURIES: Bulls: Javonte Green: out (knee), Tony Bradley: out (health and safety protocols), DeMar DeRozan: day to day (quad), Lonzo Ball: out (knee), Zach LaVine: day to day (hand).

Thunder: Chet Holmgren: out for season (foot), Ousmane Dieng: out (wrist), Aleksej Pokusevski: out (leg), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (ankle).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.