Pre-Gamin': Nuggets at Bulls (7:00 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Odds, Game Thread

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

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are back in action tonight after yesterday’s game against the Raptors was banged due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Tonight’s game was also in question for a short time, but no longer. The Bulls will play host to the Nuggets at 7 p.m., in a game Arturas Karnisovas really wants them to win.

Broadcast Info

Denver Nuggets (18-15) at Chicago Bulls (15-17) – 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)

Denver Nuggets

Projected Starters:

1. Monte Morris
2. Jamal Murray
3. Will Barton
4. Michael Porter Jr.
5. Nikola Jocic

Injury Report: R.J. Hampton (OUT0, Paul Millsap (OUT), Gary Harris (OUT), JaMychal Green (OUT), Markus Howard (OUT), Facundo Campazzo (Doubtful)

Odds

The Bulls are +4.5 point underdogs for tonight’s matchup against the Nuggets, according to the FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook (+150 ML), the PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook (+155 ML), and the DraftKings Illinois Sportsbook (+145 ML).

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What to Watch For

•   The Bulls allow the 4th-highest total of points in the paint each game, and with Nikola Jokic running the offense, it’s no surprise that the Nuggets score the 10th-most points in the paint per game. Winning this battle – or at least controlling it – will be pivotal for the Bulls to find any success.

•   Tomas Satoransky has scored in double-figures each of the Bulls past five games, shooting a very impressive 73.3 percent from the field. Denver’s second unit will be heavily depleted tonight due to a number of injuries, so when Murray and Jokic are off the floor, Sato will have to help the Bulls bench take advantage.

•   The Bulls need Wendell Carter Jr. to rise to the occasion. We talked about it more in our weekly preview:

•   Has Coby White hit his stride? The starting point guard has averaged 20.5 points with 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists over his last four games. We have seen the second-year guard play a bit more off the ball, as well as begin to attack the basket far more consistently. His 3-ball has been the only part of his game that has struggled to land (1-12 in the last two games), but White isn’t the kind of player who lets that shot slump for too long.

•   Will the recently recalled Devon Dotson get into the action tonight? The 21-year-old flashed the skills that made him an attractive prospect over his several weeks in the Orlando G-League Bubble, including a 7-assist performance and a 21-point performance just last week. With a clear and persistent need for a primary facilitator, one has to wonder if the organization is at all interested in giving Dotson some run sooner than later.

Get Caught Up …

•   We can’t watch games at the United Center *just yet*, but our time may be coming soon. According to the latest, some fans may be allowed in the stands as soon as April! That’s only a month away!



Author: Elias Schuster

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