The Chicago Bulls travel to Los Angeles to face the LA Lakers on Friday. The Lakers are among the top teams in the NBA with a 6-3 record, but they just lost to a determined San Antonio Spurs squad 118-109 last night. Similarly, the Chicago Bulls absorbed a tough 128-124 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
The two teams look to change their fortunes with a win tonight at Staples Center.
Chicago Bulls: Team News
Forward Patrick Williams will be available to play for the Chicago Bulls after clearing the league’s concussion protocol. Williams took a shot to the head during Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings.
Chandler Hutchison and Tomas Satoransky tested positive for COVID-19 during the NBA’s last round of testing. They will be self-isolating and will not accompany the team on the trip to Los Angeles.
Both Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono will also miss the game due to COVID-19 contact tracing.
Injured: Chandler Hutchison, Tomas Satoransky, Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono
LA Lakers: Team News
Alex Caruso returned to the LA Lakers lineup in the loss to the Spurs after missing several games due to the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
For the first time since their second game of the season, the LA Lakers did not list LeBron James in their injury update to the league because of the ankle soreness issue. Both he and Anthony Davis are playing against the Chicago Bulls despite playing 30-plus minutes the night before.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope remains questionable for Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls and he will likely be a game-time decision by the Lakers.
Doubtful: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
At what time will Chicago Bulls vs LA Lakers commence?
USA: 8th January 2021, 10 PM (Eastern Time)
India: 9th January 2021, 8:30 AM (Indian Standard Time)