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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Lakers (9:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

Beating the Lakers should count for an additional three wins, IMO.

Broadcast Info

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers (9:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score (Audio)

Chicago Bulls

Projected Starters:

1. Coby White
2. Zach LaVine
3. Patrick Williams
4. Otto Porter
5. Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury Report: Lauri Markkanen OUT (NBA Protocol), Tomas Satoransky OUT (NBA Protocol), Chandler Hutchison OUT (NBA Protocol), Ryan Arcidiacono OUT (NBA Protocol)

Los Angeles Lakers

Projected Starters:

1. Dennis Schroder
2. Kyle Kuzma
3. LeBron James
4. Markieff Morris
5. Marc Gasol

Injury report: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope OUT (ankle), Anthony Davis OUT (adductor strain)

What to Watch For

•   I know it sounds kind of crazy to bring up, but the Los Angeles Lakers are on the backend of a back-to-back. They played a not-so-great game against the San Antonio Spurs last night, where they ended up losing 118-109. Now, this could either motivate the hell out of them to come out and decimate the Bulls (likely) or it has gotten them tired and in a bit of a funk (not likely). Either way, the Bulls are more rested, so we’ll have to see if they’re able to take advantage of that extra pep in their step tonight.

•   How does Wendell Carter Jr. handle this matchup? The third-year big man is coming off a career-high rebounding performance, and the Bulls will need a similarly aggressive performance against this stacked Lakers frontcourt to stay within any kind of striking distance. Good news: He will no have to worry about Anthony Davis, who was scratched just a couple of hours before tip.

•   Can Coby White make it 20+ points in four-straight games tonight? The Bulls better hope so.

•   How much does Billy Donovan ask Patrick Williams to do? The Bulls head coach was not scared of putting him on Giannis Antetokounmpo a couple of games back, so will we see him as the main defensive matchup for LeBron James? Man, what a start to this 19-year-old NBA career.

Get Caught Up …

•   Bulls could be on the verge of getting back two of their four missing players.

Author: Elias Schuster

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