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2020-21 NBA Regular Season
Chicago Bulls v Portland Trail Blazers
31 January 2021, 03:00 CAT
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Bulls will look to take down the Portland Trail Blazers in a 2020-21 NBA Regular Season
game at the United Center in Chicago on the morning of 31 January 2021, with tip-off at 03:00 CAT.
The Bulls continue to build confidence and look a team with great potential, given their results thus far in the 2020-21 NBA season. One of the major drivers for Chicago has been Zach LaVine, with the 25-year-old taking on a greater leadership role and inspiring his teammates to new heights.
“I think he understands that he has to lift up the level of play of the team,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said of LaVine. "The sign of a great player is a player that makes everyone else around them better and I thought that he made some really great passes and got guys some open looks. Everybody knows he can score. Can he raise up the group around him?”
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Trusting his teammates more has helped LaVine improve: “A little bit is me understanding that over the last three years, you cannot go by yourself," he explained.
The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, will look to Damain Lillard to continue his great form – highlighted by a 39-point haul in an impressive win over the New York Knicks this past weekend.
"He's seen just about every type of defence and he doesn't stop moving. If you get it out of his hands he'll fly back to it," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said of Lillard. "He's a terrific player."
In head-to-head terms, the Bulls and the Trail Blazers have met in 127 Regular Season games since 1970-71. Portland have claimed 65 wins compared to 62 for Chicago.
The teams met in two Regular Season games in 2019-20, with the Trail Blazers winning both. The most recent clash ended 107-103 in favour of Portland, thanks to 28 points from Damian Lillard.
Chicago Bulls v Portland Trail Blazers – Head-to-head
Regular season games played: 127
Bulls wins: 62
Blazers wins: 65
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