The Bulls are riding a three-game winning streak in which Derrick Rose is averaging 26.3 points a game, and next on the list is Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant, averaging 29.3 points a game for the season, will be a tough cover for Luol Deng, who will do his best on their deep wing positions.
Luckily, Deng will get help from newly-acquired Devin Brown. The 6'5 shooting guard started 37 times for the New Orleans Hornets, and will add depth to the Bulls back-court.
Taj Gibson, who has just been selected to participate in the rookie challenge along with teammate Derrick Rose, will match up against the quicker Jeff Green, who can take his game outside as well as inside. Oklahoma is a young team, which the Bulls have to remember considering their three latest victories came against teams with much older core players.
Chicago will see former Bull Thabo Sefolosha tonight, as he starts for the home team and has been for the entire year. Sefolosha averages roughly 30 minutes a night, but scores just 5.8 points a night, and is used primarily as a defensive player.
Point guard Russell Westbrook is often compared to Derrick Rose, and will face the reigning Rookie Of the Year head on, in the midst of his strongest stretch of his pro basketball career. Westbrook struggles with his shot, and has a TS% of just .478%.
The Bulls have had strong offensive outings in their last three games, and will hope to continue the trend tonight, as they face a team who can turn it on the engine any given night. Bulls center Joakim Noah played at San Antonio after sitting against Houston, and he is going to play a big role for the Bulls tonight. Chicago will also look to get more spacing from gaining Devin Brown, and could put out a line-up of Hinrich, Brown and Salmons for small stretches to spread the floor.