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

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All I want for Christmas is … REVENGE!!!

Game Info

New York Knicks vs. 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. Alex Caruso
4. DeMar DeRozan
5. Tony Bradley

Injury report: Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Nikola Vucevic OUT (COVID-19 Protocols)

New York Knicks

1. Kemba Walker
2. Evan Fournier
3. R.J. Barrett
4. Julius Randle
5. Nerlens Noel

Injury report: Mitchell Robinson OUT (concussion), Taj Gibson OUT (groin)

What to Watch For …

•   When the Chicago Bulls first met the New York Knicks, it was about as evenly matched as you could ask for. The game came down to just a one-score difference, as both teams shot with similar efficiency and played rock-solid defense. Tonight could be the same story, but it feels important to mention that this is not the same Knicks team we saw on October 28th. Not only is Mitchell Robinson, a vital rim-protector and shot-blocker, expected to sit out, but New York’s starters have recently been in a downward spiral. Knicks starters have scored the 5th-lowest points per game after ranking 6th over the first six games of the season, and the team has scored less than 100 points in three of the last four games. Fortunately, their bench has been able to carry much of the offensive weight thanks to guys like Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley, but it still presents quite the opportunity for Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan to hop this Bulls’ team out to an early lead.

•   Even without Mitchell Robinson, the fight around the rim tonight is going to be key. Chicago was outrebounded 49-37 in the first meeting, with the Knicks dominating on the offensive glass 11-5. The physical play of Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, and Obi Toppin can surely give this small-ball Bulls team plenty of trouble. Randle grabbed 16 boards back in October against the Bulls, and that was despite elite rebounder Nikola Vucevic being on the floor. With that in mind, it will take a massive communal effort to win the rebounding battle tonight, and that will surely have to include a strong performance from backup center Tony Bradley.

•   One of Kemba Walker’s best games of the season came against the Bulls. Behind five 3’s, Walker walked out of Chicago with 21 points, 4 rebound, and 2 steals. I wouldn’t necessarily label him as a major concern tonight, but when the Knicks get that kind of production from the former All-Star, a win is that much more likely.

•   Can Coby White finally find a rhythm? Again, the Knicks bench has carried the offensive workload in many of the games this season, so finally seeing White breakout of his shell in this one could be huge for the Bulls.

•   More in here …



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.