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

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

Chicago Bulls

Two in a row? It won’t be easy.

Broadcast Info

Los Angeles Clippers 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. Garrett Temple
4. Patrick Williams
5. Daniel Gafford

Injury Report: Lauri Markkanen OUT (shoulder), Otto Porter OUT (back), Wendell Carter Jr. OUT (quad), Hutchison OUT (personal reasons)

Los Angeles Clippers

Projected Starters:

1. Patrick Beverley
2. Reggie Jackson
3. Kawhi Leonard
4. Nic Batum
5. Serge Ibaka

Injury Report: Paul George OUT (toe)

Odds

The Bulls are +7.5 point underdogs for tonight’s matchup against the Clippers, according to the DraftKings Illinois Sportsbook (-110), the FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook (-110), and the PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook (-110).

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What to Watch For

•   I’m not saying the Bulls should be favored tonight, but l don’t hate them getting 7.5 points one bit. With the first meeting ending in only a 3-point loss and a massive offensive performance just two nights ago against the Pelicans, there is a world where the Bulls could make things interesting tonight. Not to mention, the Clippers will be down 2x All-Defensive First Team member Paul George, who would have made life that much more complicated for the Bulls explosive backcourt. A lot of it will depend on whether or not Zach LaVine can counterbalance the Kawhi Leonard attack like he did on January 10th. He dropped 45 points on the Clippers that afternoon, trading bucket-for-bucket with Leonard, who finished with 35 points.

•   Speaking of the Bulls backcourt, can Coby White carry over the momentum from his previous performance? Patrick Beverley will be no easy matchup, but the same could have been said with the lengthy Lonzo Ball and pesky Eric Bledsoe on Wednesday night. When White gets going, he can get buckets with the best of them, so let’s hope the Bulls prioritize a hot start for White. Hook him up with some open catch-and-shoot looks and encourage him to get out quick in transition.

•   The Bulls surprised us with their defensive performance against the Pelicans, holding the Zion Williamson-led squad to just 14 points in the 3rd quarter. I don’t expect the results in any quarter to look anything similar to this tonight, but let us hope the team can carry over some of that same energy and effort tonight.

•   Kawhi vs. Baby Kawhi (Patrick Williams) Round 2

•   Guard the perimeter. The Clippers shoot the 5th-most 3’s in the league, and they are knocking down a league-best 42.2 percent of them.

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.