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

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

Chicago Bulls

If the Bulls win tonight, they will be .500.

Wow … I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.

Broadcast Info

Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls (7:00 CT) NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score (audio)

Chicago Bulls

Projected Starters:

1. Coby White
2. Zach LaVine
3. Garrett Temple
4. Patrick Williams
5. Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury Report: Lauri Markkanen OUT (shoulder), Otto Porter OUT (back), Chandler Hutchison OUT (personal reasons)

Phoenix Suns

Projected Starters:

1. Chris Paul
2. Devin Booker
3. Mikal Bridges
4. Frank Kaminsky
5. Deandre Ayton

Injury Report: Dario Saric QUESTIONABLE (ankle)

Odds

The Bulls are +7 point underdogs for tonight’s matchup against the Suns, according to the FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook (+215 ML), the PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook (+220 ML), and the DraftKings Illinois Sportsbook (+220 ML).

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What to Watch For

•   The Phoenix Suns have won 9 of their last 11 games and check-in as one of the most well-rounded squads in the league. They hold opponents to the 5th-lowest effective field goal percentage while shooting the 5th-highest effective field goal percentage themselves. The Bulls might have enough offensive talent to breakdown their talented defense, but they’re going to have a very hard time stopping them on the other end. In my opinion, this could just turn into a good old fashion shootout. The Bulls better hope they can shoot the 3-ball well (Suns hold opponents to 2nd-lowest 3PT% per game) and control the pace of play.

•   Zach LaVine and Devin Booker have been compared plenty of times in the past. Both have been named an All-Star this season, so we could be in store for one hell of a matchup.

•   While Coby White vs. Chris Paul feels all kinds of concerning, the 21-year-old has actually played quite well against his mentor the last time they met. In the Bulls 2-point loss back on February 25th, 2020, White lit up the scoreboard with 35 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. I’m not saying we’ll see a similar showing tonight by any means, but he does seem to get excited when he goes up against his pal.

•   Patrick Williams will dunk on Deandre Ayton. I’m speaking it into existence.

•   Anyways, I talked a lot about what to watch out for in this game during bullets this morning, so feel free to give it a read!

Get Caught Up …

•   Progress for Otto Porter, but it isn’t enough to return over the next three games.



Author: Elias Schuster

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