Thunder vs. Bulls: How to watch, TV channel, start time (Jan. 15)

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Logan Newman
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After two preseason matches, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls will meet in the regular season for the first time since former OKC head coach Billy Donovan took the job heading Chicago.

His Bulls enter Friday with a 4-7 record, 12th in the Eastern Conference. Their lost two losses have been tight, though, falling by a combined five points to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers on Friday and Sunday.

They then had a long week off the court, as the Tuesday home game against the Boston Celtics was postponed and they did not have another one scheduled until Friday.

The Thunder are half a game better than Chicago, holding a 5-6 record coming off a two-game losing streak at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.

Here are the details of how to watch:

Opponent: Chicago Bulls
Date and time: Jan. 15, 7 p.m. CT
How to watch: FOX Sports Oklahoma
Radio station: WWLS 98.1FM OKC

Thunder: What to watch for

The morning Thunder game notes don't indicate whether Darius Bazley's sprain he suffered against the Los Angeles Lakers will prevent him from playing against the Chicago Bulls. The injury report is empty outside a "TBD." Should Bazley not play, there's a question of who would take his spot in the lineup. Isaiah Roby would make the most sense, as he's started in place of Al Horford twice, but Roby has now played in six games in a row and started last night. That's well above his usual usage and he may need a day off soon. If Mark Daigneault does not want to start Roby, someone like Justin Jackson or Aleksej Pokusevski would be an option in the 4 spot. Of course, the team hasn't ruled out Bazley, so he still may end up being active. Keep an eye out on his status and the starting lineup.

The Bulls' week

A week ago, the Bulls had control of their own destiny against the Lakers. They trailed by one but had possession with 17 seconds left, allowing them the final shot. Guard Zach LaVine couldn't hit the pullup. Two nights later, LaVine did hit a pullup with 18 seconds left to cut the Clippers' lead to one. Paul George hit both free throws after being intentionally fouled, and LaVine got another chance. He missed the 3-pointer that would have sent the game to overtime. After two tough losses -- three, in fact, if you count the 128-124 defeat to the Sacramento Kings two days before the Lakers game -- Chicago had to sit on this for almost a full week. The Bulls' game against the Celtics that had been scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to coronavirus protocol in the Boston locker room. Chicago played Sunday then had no games until Friday against the Thunder. Are the fiery after losing such tight games last week, or are they rusty after time off?