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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls vs. Raptors (6:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

Goal of the night: GET ZACH LAVINE THE FIRST FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK OF HIS CAREER!

Game Info

Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors – 6:30 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), Nikola Vucevic AVAILABLE (illness)

Toronto Raptors:

1. Fred VanVleet
2. Gary Trent Jr.
3. OG Anunoby
4. Scottie Barnes
5. Precious Achiuwa

Inactive: Pascal Siakam OUT (shoulder), Yuta Watanabe (calf)

What to Watch For …

•   DEMAR DEROZAN REVENGE GAME MODE ACTIVATED! The four-time All-Star has played his former team six times since they shockingly traded him back in 2018. In those contests, he has averaged a pretty dominant 21.5 points on 53.8 percent shooting with 8.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game. I’m sure this matchup doesn’t mean as much to him as it once did, especially with a handful of his former teammates now gone, but it’s hard to imagine he still will not come out with a little extra pep in his step. After all, he is coming off back-to-back 20-point performances as he is beginning to find his place in this Bulls offense alongside Zach LaVine.

•   Nikola Vucevic’s availability for tonight’s game has been up in the air, but it appears the big man will take the court tonight. I’m sure that news was met with at least a tiny sigh of relief from his teammates, who probably read all about the Raptors rebounding prowess in the scouting report. Toronto may not be the biggest team, but they have been the 3rd-best rebounding team so far this season and the best at crashing the offensive glass. The entire team should still be on high alert tonight, but having Vucevic back in the lineup should help balance this battle.

•   The Raptors currently leads the league in steals and also has the 6th-best defensive rating. On the other end, they have been able to find their way to the free-throw line, averaging the 8th-most attempts per game. So I hope Chicago is ready for a physical matchup!

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Author: Elias Schuster

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