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Pre-Gamin’: Lakers at Bulls (8:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

BEAT. THE. LAKERS.

Broadcast Info

Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls (8:00 CT) on NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score (Audio)

Chicago Bulls

Projected Starters:

1. Coby White
2. Zach LaVine
3. Patrick Williams
4. Lauri Markkanen
5. Daniel Gafford

Injury Report: Wendell Carter Jr. OUT (quad), Otto Porter (rest)

Los Angeles Lakers

Projected Starters:

1. Dennis Schroder
2. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
3. LeBron James
4. Anthony Davis
5. Marc Gasol

Injury Report: LeBron James QUESTIONABLE (ankle), Jared Dudley OUT (calf), Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee)

What to Watch For

•   The last time these two matched up, the Bulls were missing Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Chandler Hutchison. Oh, and Otto Porter only played six minutes. Despite all of that, however, the team somehow managed to walk away with only a 3-point loss. Can they manage to do the same tonight? Well, it’ll be a lot easier said than done. While Markkanen, Satoransky, Arcidiacono, and Hutchison are all available, the Bulls will be without Carter Jr. and Porter. The absence of Carter Jr. is particularly concerning when we consider that he had his highest-scoring performance of the season when these two first played. The Lakers are a pretty massive and physical team, so the absence of his rim-protecting could prove to fatal, especially with Anthony Davis back on the floor (who didn’t play in Game 1).

•   In other words, Lauri Markkanen, Daniel Gafford, and Thaddeus Young will have to play some physical basketball underneath the rim. The Lakers are the 3rd-best rebounding team in the NBA, and while the Bulls are not bad (12th), they will be without their top rebounder.

•   Can Coby White string together another solid performance? After two-straight bleh games, White posted an 18-point, 8-assist night against the Hornets on Friday. The Bulls will arguably need him to play even better if they stand a chance against a healthy Lakers squad.

•   Patrick Williams vs. LeBron James Round 2 … yes, please.

•   A win tonight would be … kind of a big deal.

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Author: Elias Schuster

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