Matchup of the Game: Spurs vs. Bulls

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The matchup for the game tonight between the Chicago Bulls and the hosting San Antonio Spurs will be between Bulls' forward Carlos Boozer and Spurs' forward Tim Duncan.

In their first meeting of the season during the Rodeo Road Trip, the Spurs easily defeated the Bulls in a 103-89 victory. Duncan was out for that game with a knee injury, but the team didn't need him as they easily handled the Bulls. Boozer had a good game with 14 points (7-15 shooting) and 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. While he had a good game, the team had a +/- of -24 with him on the floor and he'll be sure to make up for that this game.

What Duncan must do on offense:

He has to keep attacking Boozer every chance he gets. Carlos Boozer is very passive on defense and probably a worse help defender than man. With Duncan picking and rolling or popping for most of the time, he'll be leaving Boozer thinking twice about his defensive assignments. That will help the Spurs break the Bulls' defense early and may give San Antonio an early lead they won't give up later on.

What Duncan must do on defense:

He has to keep watch of Boozer in the mid range area. Carlos Boozer is shooting a good 63% (198-316) from the restricted area, but he's taking the majority of his shots from mid range where he's shooting just 38% (129-342). This tells you of Boozer's "soft" game as he's not the physical type of player. If Duncan can keep tabs on him in mid range, the Spurs will be ok. He can't let Boozer get in the paint since the big man is a savvy vet who can find a way to score inside. While Duncan may not want to give him an open mid range jumper, it'd be the best option between the two shots as Boozer is preferring to shoot farther away from the basket even if he isn't shooting it well.