Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers
Chicago Bulls Preview
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has scored at least 25 points in a career-high five straight games entering a Friday road game against the Philadelphia 76ers, a surge that may pave the way to a spot in next month’s All-Star Game in Chicago. “I’ve been blessed to coach a lot of All-Stars, and I think he should be in the game,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said.
LaVine has remained a constant force as the Bulls struggle both on the floor and with injuries. A Wednesday home victory against the Washington Wizards was only Chicago’s second win in nine games. Daniel Gafford dislocated his right thumb in the first quarter Wednesday, while fellow big man Chandler Hutchison aggravated a right shoulder injury in the fourth.
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers will shoot for home victory No. 20 of the season as they prepare for their 22nd contest at Wells Fargo Center, a meeting with the struggling Chicago Bulls. Philadelphia extended its home winning streak to five games with a 117-106 victory against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Tobias Harris scored 34 points, including 24 in the second half on 9-for-13 shooting.
Harris, who added 10 rebounds, has recorded a double-double in three straight games, matching a career high. Rookie Matisse Thybulle registered a career-best four blocks against the Nets. Friday’s game concludes a two-game homestand before the 76ers open a three-game road trip against Atlantic Division foes.