Oct 23, 2013; Wichita, KS, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) drives against Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) during the second half at Intrust Bank Arena. Chicago won 104-95. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (20-4) vs. Chicago Bulls (9-15) Preview

Before the season started, tonight’s national television matchup between the Thunder and the Bulls was one of the most anticipated. Another injury to Derrick Rose has changed that.

The Thunder have been as hot as any team in the NBA, winning 14 of their last 15 games. The Bulls have lost four of their last five, including a 109-94 loss at Houston last night.

Coming to play in OKC is tough enough as it is, but doing so on the second night of a back-to-back makes winning feel pretty close to impossible.

Even with Rose out for the season, Chicago possesses one of the best defenses in the NBA. They are likely going to make it harder for the Thunder to score than they are used to.

The Thunder hosted Indiana on a back-to-back not too long ago and had no problem disposing of the Pacers.

Offensively, the Bulls just have such little fire power that it’s hard to imagine them keeping up with the Thunder. It will be up to Chicago to force OKC into one of their worst shooting nights of the season just to have a chance.

One way the Bulls can make up for their lack of offensive fire power is by getting to work on the offensive glass. The Thunder are coming off their last game vs. the Nuggets, who are also a good offensive rebounding team. That game should help prepare them for the same kind of relentless effort that Chicago will show tonight.

The Thunder are still undefeated at home this season and they should be able to remain that way tonight. The Bulls can be a tough matchup but the fact that they are on a back-to-back should make them less so.

The game will tip at 7 p.m. CST on TNT.

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