The Bulls face a big test on Saturday against the conference's best.
On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to gain traction after a sub-.500 start, but against the 15-4 Oklahoma City Thunder, this is easier said than done. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are the league's two leading scorers, but their teams are moving in dramatically different directions. Without Steve Nash, or Steve Blake, the Lakers look rudderless, and this bodes to be another tough night for Mike D'Antoni's team.
Bulls fans will be waiting for Saturday night, as 9-8 Chicago host the Knicks in a barometer game. Having more wins than losses at this point says a lot about the Bulls' depth, as they struggle without Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton. Chicago doesn't necessarily need to win, but a good showing against the Knicks will prove that the team can compete with the best in the East without their best player.
Friday (All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30 p.m. ESPN
San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m.
Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
New Orleans Hornets at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia 79ers at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m.
New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m.
Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets, 6 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m.
Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns, 8 p.m.
Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 p.m.