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Thursday, February 7th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (19-29) at Golden State Warriors (29-19), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - New Golden State forward Chris Webber is expected to make his debut tonight, when the Warriors resume a five-game homestand versus the Chicago Bulls at ORACLE Arena.

Webber started his NBA career with the Warriors back in 1993-94. He was drafted first overall by the Orlando Magic, but was then dealt out west to the Warriors. Webber split time last season in Philadelphia and Detroit. Between the 76ers and Pistons, the 34-year-old veteran appeared in 61 games, averaging 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Webber took some time off after last season before recently signing a deal with the Warriors, and is expected to start tonight alongside stars Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson. Golden State has won two straight and nine of its last 12 games, including Friday's 127-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in the opener of the homestand. Monta Ellis scored 21 points to lead the Warriors, who are 14-8 as the host this season.

Jackson had 19 points and seven assists, while Mickael Pietrus and Andris Biedrins tallied 15 points apiece in a winning cause. The Warriors will also host Sacramento, Washington and Phoenix on the current homestand.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will resume a six-game road trip on Thursday and are 1-3 so far on the trek. Chicago fell to 9-16 away from the Windy City this season after Wednesday's 100-97 setback to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.

Thabo Sefolosha and Andres Nocioni each had 22 points for the Bulls, losers of five of their last seven games. Joe Smith had 16 points and Ben Wallace added 12 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.

The Bulls will also visit Utah on the current swing. In injury news for Chicago, guards Ben Gordon (wrist) and Kirk Hinrich (ribs) both missed Wednesday's game. Gordon is questionable for tonight and Hinrich is listed as probable.

Thursday's game between Golden State and Chicago is the second and final meeting of the regular season. The Warriors posted a 119-111 victory over Chicago on January 18 this season at the United Center, as Davis tied a career-high with 40 points.

Golden State has won 11 of the last 17 meetings with Chicago, which has lost eight straight on the road in this series.

02/07 10:47:17 ET


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