It’s going to be a classic game of defense vs. offense as the Chicago Bulls take on the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST. As the season draws to a close, both playoff-bound teams are looking to prove a point with a victory in tomorrow’s game.
Can the Bulls effectively shut down the Blazers, or will their offense prove too strong? Regardless of who wins, all signs point to this being an interesting game.
The Bulls (40-31) have a lot riding on the next few games on their schedule. They are currently chasing after the third-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so it would be in Chicago’s best interests to pick up a W in this game. After Monday’s miraculous win over the Indiana Pacers, the Bulls are going to enter into this game with their heads held high, but they shouldn’t get too cocky.
Portland (45-27) hasn’t had very good luck lately. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Despite this, the Trail Blazers’ backcourt, powered by Damien Lillard and Wesley Matthews, presents something that the Bulls should be prepared for. While Chicago isn’t lacking at their guard positions with Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin in tow, Portland has a unique offensive one-two punch with Lillard and Matthews that might overtake the Bulls if they aren’t stopped.
The last time both teams met, Portland emerged victorious (98-95) in a nail-biter that went down to the final minutes. But that final score wasn’t the worst story to come out of that game — Bulls star and former MVP Derrick Rose fell down with a meniscus tear in that game, shocking the league with his second consecutive season-ending injury.
Both teams have undergone a number of changes to their roster and game flow since, so their previous meeting shouldn’t hold too much weight. A victory for either team would need to be hard-fought. Chicago has it in them to emerge victorious — they just need to come up with a good plan to counter Portland’s offense.