Otto Porter Jr. will see some familiar faces in his second game with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, when they host the Washington Wizards. Porter spent 5 1/2 seasons with the Wizards before being dealt to the Bulls prior to Thursday's trading deadline for forwards Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker.
Porter, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting over 34 minutes in his team debut on Friday as the Bulls registered an impressive 125-106 victory at Brooklyn. "I feel kind of sad leaving (Washington)," Porter told reporters prior to the game. "It is like my second home. To leave and start fresh is another opportunity for me. They have some amazing guys here." Portis scored 33 points in his final game for the Bulls - his employers for 3 1/2 seasons - and followed up with 30 on 12-of-18 shooting in Friday's 119-106 home win over Cleveland to become the first player in NBA history with back-to-back 30-point performances for different franchises in a single season. "I think the Wizards got a steal with me and Jabari because we're two versatile bigs," Portis said during a postgame television interview.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS Washington Plus, WGN (Chicago) LINE: Wizards -1.5
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (23-32): Parker, who recorded seven points over 23 minutes in his team debut, was pleased to be moved as he had requested a trade after falling out of favor in his first season playing in his hometown. "I like the fit a lot," Parker told reporters of the Wizards. "Just being able to contribute with guys who've been playing and who focus on winning. Hopefully, I can enhance that playoff run." While Parker attempted six shots (making three) in his debut, Portis was a stellar 12-for-18 against the Cavaliers.
ABOUT THE BULLS (13-42): Team management feels Porter can help speed up a rebuild that revolves around frontcourt players Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., as well as shooting guard Zach LaVine. "That's been the challenge with the rebuild - finding the right veterans to lead in the locker room," executive vice president John Paxson told reporters. "And even though Otto is 25 (years old) and a quiet guy, he has been in the league six years and has had success. So we'll see how he does." Markkanen fueled the win over the Nets with 31 points and 18 rebounds for his third straight 30-point performance and fifth double-double in the last six games.
1. LaVine scored 24 points as the Bulls posted a 101-92 victory over the host Wizards on Dec. 28.
2. Washington SG Bradley Beal recorded 25 points against Cleveland, marking the ninth straight time and 17th in 18 games he has topped 20.
3. Chicago PG Kris Dunn has registered eight or more assists in three of his last four contests.
PREDICTION: Wizards 116, Bulls 110 Bet Now
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