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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls vs. Pistons (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are back in action tonight against the Detroit Pistons at the United Center, looking to open the season 3-0. Man, last night was fun. The Bulls will be hoping to look more like the version we saw last night than the version we saw on Wednesday against the Pistons in Detroit, where they looked like a team still trying to figure each other out.

The Pistons will be without Cade Cunningham once again tonight. However, suppose the Bulls can replicate the defensive pressure of transition scoring style that they put together against the Pelicans last night. In that case, the Bulls should be able to handle the Pistons without much resistance tonight. A 3-0 start would be good because the schedule gets much more difficult after tonight. The Bulls visit the Raptors in Toronto on Monday and welcome the Knicks and Jazz into the United Center later next week before they open November with three games against the Celtics and 76ers.

Game Info

Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV) and 670 The Score (Radio)

Stream the game online here with your cable provider.

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Lonzo Ball
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vucevic

Inactive: Coby White (shoulder)

Detroit Pistons:

1. Frank Jackson
2. Killian Hayes
3. Jerami Grant
4. Saddiq Bey
5. Isaiah Stewart

Inactive: Cade Cunningham (Right Ankle Sprain), Isaiah Livers (Right Foot Surgery), and Chris Smith (Left Knee Surgery).

What to Watch For …

•   Lonzo Ball recorded a triple-double on Friday night, becoming the first NBA player to do so with three different teams (CHI, NOP, LAL) before the age of 24. Ball looked much more comfortable running the Bulls offense on Friday night than on Wednesday when he went for just 12 points, four assists, and zero steals against the Pistons. Ball had four turnovers against Detroit on Wednesday night, but none on Friday night against New Orleans while scoring 17 points and racking up 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and one block.

•  Javonte Green was an absolute spark plug for the Bulls off the bench on Friday night, helping the Bulls get things going on both ends of the floor when he checked into the ballgame in the first quarter. If Green can replicate his performance on Friday night and join Alex Caruso as legitimate headaches for opposing teams matching up with the Bulls’ reserves, the Bulls will be in good shape. Green scored 10 points on four-of-six shooting while tallying two blocks, a steal, and an assist in 17:12 of playing time on Friday after being blanked by the Pistons defense in 14:49 on Wednesday.

•   Once again, the Bulls need a better game out of Nikola Vucevic. Vooch was 7-of-21 on Wednesday against Detroit, and things weren’t much better last night against New Orleans, with the veteran big man shooting just 4-of-11 for 10 points while grabbing only four rebounds in about 31 minutes.

•  Patrick Williams continues to look closer to 100 percent with every game. Williams turned in an eight-point performance with four rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of action. Williams was 2-of-2 from three-point range on Friday night against the Pelicans.

•.  Let’s hope we some more of this tonight!



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.