Due to construction around the house, this preview is coming up late and will be short as I'm heading out to the United Center to see the game shortly.
The Clippers are coached by one of the worst in the NBA with Vinny Del Negro calling the plays. At least he was cheap. Blake Griffin is awesome, Eric Gordon is really good, and the rest of the Clippers don't post much of a challenge.
The Bulls are likely starting Taj Gibson along side Carlos Boozer with Joakim Noah missing his first of around 30 games due to having surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb.
Keys to the game
Control Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon
The Clippers will be without Chris Kaman which somewhat mitigates the fact we'll be without Joakim Noah. They have no other capable offensive options, so if the Bulls control Griffin and Gordon and force other players to score then they'll be in good shape.
Abuse the Clippers inside
Griffin is obviously showing a lot of skill offensively, but he can still be beaten defensively, and the Clippers have no other quality interior defenders. Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer need to do their damage at the basket.
Play with patience
The Bulls have more talent than the Clippers at most positions on the court, so they need to move the ball around, show patience, and get quality shots. As long as they control the fundamentals and don't rush, they should have an easy time.
Avoid the let down
There's obviously an emotional let down with Noah not playing the game. He's the Bulls emotional leader, and without him, they'll need to focus to keep the energy up. They can't get caught thinking about how much it sucks that he'll be gone for 30 games and lose an easy one here.
The Clippers have the young star caliber players to be a much better team than they are. For that reason, I think they're fairly dangerous when they take the floor. That said, they're young, poorly coached, and missing players at too many key positions. The Bulls should win as long as they stay focused and play with energy.