DeRozan and the Bulls play the Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder (17-38, 14th in Western Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (35-21, third in Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK ROW: Bulls -13; plus/minus is 220.5
BOTTOM LINE: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls host the Oklahoma City Thunder. DeRozan ranks fourth in the NBA with an average of 27.5 points per game.
The Bulls are 20-8 in home games. Chicago is eighth in the league with 13.3 quick break points per game, led by Zach LaVine with an average of 3.3.
The Thunder went 8-20 away from home. Oklahoma City is 6-5 in games decided by 3 or fewer runs.
The teams are playing each other for the second time this season. The Bulls won 111-110 in the last meeting on January 25. Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 26 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: DeRozan is averaging 27.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Bulls. Vucevic is averaging 22.3 points over Chicago’s last 10 games.
Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 22.7 points and 5.5 assists for the Thunder. Luguentz Dort is averaging 20 points and 5.1 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 6-4, averaged 121.8 points, 43.0 rebounds, 27.3 assists, 5.5 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 53.1% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 118.6 points per game.
Thunder: 3-7, averaged 100.7 points, 46.8 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field. Their opponents average 104.6 points.
INJURIES: Bulls: Patrick Williams: out (left wrist), Derrick Jones Jr.: out (finger), Alex Caruso: out (wrist), Lonzo Ball: out (knee).
Thunder: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (foot), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: out (ankle), Aaron Wiggins: out (ankle), Mike Muscala: out (ankle).