Pre-Gamin’: Knicks at Bulls (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Knicks at Bulls (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

BEAT THE KNICKS, PLEASE.

Broadcast Info

New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls (7:00 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: Otto Porter QUESTIONABLE (back), Wendell Carter Jr. OUT (quad)

New York Knicks

Projected Starters:

1. Elfrid Payton
2. RJ Barrett
3. Reggie Bullock
4. Julius Randle
5. Mitchell Robinson

Injury Report: N/A

Betting Odds

The Bulls are once again -3.5 favorites for tonight’s matchup, according to DraftKings, and currently sit -155 on the moneyline.

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What to Watch For

•   Good defense, bad offense – that’s how the new-look New York Knicks roll. The Bulls are very much the exact opposite, and it will be interesting to see how the two styles of play bump heads tonight.

•   Without Wendell Carter Jr. on the floor, the Bulls are bound to have some problems with both of the Knicks starting big men. Julius Randle is playing at an All-Star level so far this season, averaging a pretty ridiculous 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. Lauri Markkanen has looked much more aggressive at times this season on offense, but that hasn’t necessarily translated to the other side of the floor. Likewise, Daniel Gafford has yet to show he can truly hang with the big boys, and it’s caused head coach Billy Donovan to only play him for a total of 10 minutes the past two games. Both players will have to up the physicality and defensive focus tonight to help their team pull off the victory.

•   Coby White likes playing the Knicks. In the Bulls final two games against the team last season, White dropped 27 and 22, respectively, and one that first matchup was when he popped off for a ridiculous 7 3-pointers in the 4th quarter. He broke out of a mini-slump with a 20-point, 6-assist performance against the Trail Blazers, so let’s see if he can continue to trend in the right direction against a somewhat underwhelming Knicks backcourt.

•   Zach LaVine has got to be pissed about Saturday, right? And he’s got to be ready to take it out on the Knicks, right?

•   The Bulls make a lot of mistakes (17.9 TOV per game ranks 30th), and the Knicks make few (13.8 TOV per game ranks 8th). Will that be a problem tonight?

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Author: Elias Schuster

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