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

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

Chicago Bulls

Please win … or don’t? I don’t know what to want anymore.

Broadcast Info

Toronto Tampa Bay Raptors at Chicago Bulls  – 7:00 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score (audio)

Chicago Bulls

Projected Starters:

1. Coby White
2. Zach LaVine
3. Patrick Williams
4. Thaddeus Young
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Troy Brown Jr. OUT (ankle), Daniel Theis OUT (hip), Tomas Satoransky QUESTIONABLE (ankle)

Toronto Raptors

Projected Starters:

1. Malachi Flynn
2. Gary Trent Jr.
3. Stanley Johnson
4. Yuta Watanabe
5. Khem Birch

Injury Report: Fred VanVleet OUT (rest), Kyle Lowry OUT (rest), Pascal Siakam OUT (shoulder), OG Anunoby OUT (calf), Chris Boucher OUT (rest), Aron Baynes OUT (foot), Paul Watson OUT (knee), Rodney Hood OUT (hand)

What to Watch For …

•   The Bulls aren’t really playing the Raptors tonight. Instead, they are playing a bunch of guys who are wearing Raptors jerseys. The team has had four mainstay starters all season – VanVleet, Lowry, Siakam, and Anunoby  – and all will sit comfortably off the court as the organization fully embraces the tank. With that said, the only way the Bulls should lose this game is if they all of a sudden decide to welcome the tank into the United Center as well. On the brink of postseason elimination, it’s always a possibility, but all signs put to the Bulls’ top talent getting a full workload tonight. After all, with the Wizards losing on Wednesday to the Hawks, the Bulls are technically still alive in the play-in tournament race.

•   Patrick Williams recorded a career-low two shot attempts against the Brooklyn Nets. Simply put, that just can’t happen again tonight. With the Raptors trying to literally hand the Bulls this game, there is no reason Williams shouldn’t feel like he can be aggressive on the offensive end.

•   Nikola Vucevic is coming off one of his worst games as a Bull after scoring just 12 points on 5-18 shooting. Let’s hope he can help take some of the pressure off Zach LaVine tonight and run the score up early. Considering the opponent, there is a good opportunity for the Bulls starters to finish the night early.

•   Remember when Anthony Edwards dunked the living crap out of Yuta Watanabe? Yeah, LaVine should try to do the same tonight.

Get Caught Up …

Author: Elias Schuster

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