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The LA Clippers will attempt to dust themselves off after a bruising loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, when they host the Chicago Bulls Sunday for a Staples Center matinee.

The Bulls are doing a Los Angeles swing, after they narrowly lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Game Information:

When: Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. PT

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

How to watch/listen: Prime Ticket, KLAC/KWKW-LAC

Streaming: fuboTV

Opposing perspective: Blog a Bull

Projected Starting Lineups:

Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka

Bulls: Patrick Williams, Denzel Valentine, Wendell Carter, Jr., Zach LaVine, Coby White

Injuries:

Clippers: Jay Scrubb — OUT

Bulls: Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono, Lauri Markkanen, Chandler Hutchison — OUT; Otto Porter, Jr. — DOUBTFUL

LA are coming off a two-game slate against the Warriors, beating them Wednesday before looking like they would comfortably win again Friday, leading by more than 20 points well into the 3rd quarter before a total collapse, with Stephen Curry rallying his group and the Warriors winning by 10.

The Clippers were clearly chastened by the loss, but they don’t have much time to ponder over what happened with the games coming thick and fast. On the bright side, Marcus Morris Sr. made his season debut Wednesday and the likes of Serge Ibaka and Nicolas Batum have done well to open games this season, and the Clippers are healthy right now.

They’re taking on a Bulls team that have been hit by COVID protocols, with one player testing positive and three others in quarantine protocol, apparently none on the trip to LA. Add to that, Otto Porter lasted just five minutes in Friday’s win before suffering back spasms, and he may not feature in Sunday’s game.

The Bulls are now coached by Billy Donovan, and have a 4-6 record. Zach LaVine and Coby White have been leading the way so far this season in the scoring realm.

So, will the Clippers bounce back from a tough loss in short order against a shorthanded Bulls side? Or will the Eastern Conference foe throw another wrench in their plans to dominate this season? This should be an interesting clash from a Clips perspective.