Bulls Weekly Preview: Knicks, Bucks, Nets – November 12-16, 2019

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Bulls Weekly Preview: Knicks, Bucks, Nets – November 12-16, 2019

Chicago Bulls

I’m ready to get hurt again.

We’re Going Streaking:

  • Chicago Bulls (3-7) – Chicago is still not-so-patiently waiting to see the Bulls turn things around. A blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks had its positive moments, but many of the team’s old problems were on display against the Houston Rockets. Playing a full 48 minutes continues to be a painful challenge.
  • New York Knicks (2-8) – The Knicks beat the Bulls on October 28th … and they [the Knicks] haven’t won since. The team has dropped six-consecutive games, easily looking like the worst team in the NBA. Last week, a 21-point loss to Cleveland Cavaliers triggered Knicks President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry to hold an impromptu press conference about how the team’s recent play is “unacceptable.” Hey, at least the Bulls aren’t the Knicks, right? I want to make more jokes, but considering I’m terrified the Bulls might lose again to this troubled team, I’ll wait.
  • Milwaukee Bucks (7-3) – Giannis Antetokounmpo. That’s it. That’s the blurb.
  • Brooklyn Nets (4-5) – The Nets haven’t put up the most impressive performance of their first 10 games. With losses against the Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, and Indiana Pacers, the Nets are far from invincible. Before coming to Chicago this Saturday, Brooklyn has two very tough games against the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. The Bulls could be playing one tired squad.

Game Times and Broadcast Info:

  • Game 1: Tuesday, November 12th – Knicks at Bulls (7:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 2: Thursday, November 14th – Bucks at Bulls (7:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score
  • Game 3: Saturday, November 16th – Nets at Bulls (7:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score

Chicago Bulls Roster Notes:

Expected Starters:

  1. Tomas Satoransky
  2. Zach LaVine
  3. Chandler Hutchison
  4. Lauri Markkanen
  5. Wendell Carter Jr.

Unavailable/Injured: Otto Porter OUT (foot) against the Knicks. No timetable has been provided yet for a possible return.

Additional Roster Notes: Head coach Jim Boylen finally told the media that Lauri Markkanen has been battling oblique soreness for two weeks. Markkanen will continue to play through the discomfort and will not be listed on the Bulls’ injury report. Cristiano Felicio has recently been listed as day-to-day with a wrist injury and will see a specialist soon, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson.

Opponents’ Roster Notes:

Unavailable/Injured:

  • Knicks – Elfrid Payton OUT (hamstring), Mitchell Robinson OUT (concussion)
    • Dennis Smith Jr. will return tonight after missing the last seven games due to personal reasons.
  • Bucks –Khris Middleton OUT (leg)

  • Nets – Caris LeVert will be missing Tuesday night’s game against the Jazz with a thumb injury, but he’s only listed as day-to-day, so it feels safe to assume he’ll be healthy for this weekend.

Keep An Eye Out For …

Bulls Player: With Otto Porter out indefinitely, Chandler Hutchison will be getting some major minutes in the coming days/weeks. Since returning from his own injury, Hutchison is looking fresh and arguably better than anticipated. Over these past two games, he’s given the Bulls life in some critical moments, either grabbing the aggressive rebound or setting his feet to take the charge. The second-year forward has a big-time opportunity to prove his doubters wrong. Can he take advantage?

Knicks Player: After the first matchup between these two teams, it has to be Bobby Portis. The former-Bull put on a show at Madison Square Garden and almost single-handedly took down the Bulls. He scored 28 points and hit the Knicks’ go-ahead three-point bucket with 1:47 left in the game. With one impressive revenge game under his belt, chances are he’s looking for another. While Wendell Carter Jr. ensured that Portis will not have his way with this Bulls team again, I’ll have to see it before I believe it. When Portis gets that crazy look in his eye … it can be scary.

Bucks Player: I think Pat Connaughton is the – just kidding … how can I not say Giannis Antetokounmpo? The Greek Freak is already putting together another MVP campaign and the Bulls (like most teams) just have to hope he’ll have an off night. Carter Jr. may be able to get in his face around the rim a couple of times, but there is no true way to contain this man. In short, I’m terrified of this matchup. The only way the Bulls are going to truly hang around is if they can finally hit their three-point shots.

Nets Player: To shake things up, let’s go with Joe Harris. The Nets’ sharp-shooter could pose some serious problems for the Bulls if they don’t buckle down on the defensive end. Out of all nights, Chicago really doesn’t want their aggressive pick-and-roll approach to create open looks for Harris behind the arc. The 2019 Three-Point Contest Champion will make this team pay if they can’t rotate and closeout.



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.