Pre-Gamin’: 76ers at Bulls (8:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: 76ers at Bulls (8:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

My hopes are high … but my expectations are low.

Broadcast Info

Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls – 8:00 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score (audio)

Chicago Bulls

Projected Starters:

1. Coby White
2. Garrett Temple
3. Patrick Williams
4. Thaddeus Young
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Nikola Vucevic OUT (groin), Zach LaVine OUT (Working Way Back From NBA Protocol), Troy Brown Jr. OUT (ankle)

Philadelphia 76ers

Projected Starters:

1. Ben Simmons
2. Seth Curry
3. Danny Green
4. Tobias Harris
5. Joel Embiid

Injury Report: N/A

What to Watch For …

•   No LaVine. No Vucevic. No chance? The Bulls may have been able to post a competitive effort against the Atlanta Hawks with both their All-Stars off the floor, but it’s going to be a lot easier said than done to do it again tonight. The 76ers are the 2nd-best defensive team in the NBA and led by MVP candidate Joel Embiid who is averaging 29.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. In other words, it would have been hard enough to score with LaVine and Vucevic out there, so I can’t even imagine what tonight’s offensive showing might look like.

•   Embiid also averages 11.1 free throw attempts per game to help Philly average the second-most team free throw attempts per game. While the Bulls have better at limiting their fouls trouble recently, this could still be bad news for an inexperienced squad who gives up 22.3 FTAs per game.

•   One area where the Bulls can try to make up some ground is the turnover department. While the 76ers force the second-most turnovers per game, they cough up the 10th-most.

•   More in here …

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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.