Bulls Weekly Preview: Hornets, Knicks, and Nets — November 29 - December 4, 2021

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Bulls Weekly Preview: Hornets, Knicks, and Nets — November 29 – December 4, 2021

Chicago Bulls

Thanks to a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers, a major flop against the Houston Rockets, and a close loss to the Miami Heat, the Bulls are coming off a rather disappointing 1-3 stretch. A bounceback week is needed, and while the competition over the next few games only gets tougher, the Bulls should have the necessary rest to get their legs back under them.

Meet the Opponents:

•  11/29 vs. Hornets (13-9): Our Ball can ball better than your Ball. 
•  12/2 @ Knicks (11-9): Third times the charm!
•  12/4 @ Nets (14-6): Beat me once … shame on me. Beat me twice … dang, you guys are good! 

Bulls Projected Lineup

1. Lonzo Ball
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Alex Caruso
5. Nikola Vucevic

Opponent Projected Lineup


1. LaMelo Ball
2. Terry Rozier
3. Gordon Hayward
4. Miles Bridges
5. PJ Washington


1. Alec Burks
2. Evan Fournier
3. RJ Barrett
4. Julius Randle
5. Mitchell Robinson


1. Patty Mills
2. James Harden
3. DeAndre’ Bembry
4. Kevin Durant
5. LaMarcus Aldridge

Unavailable/Injured (at the start of the week):

Bulls: Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Zach LaVine DAY-TO-DAY (illness)

Hornets: Mason Plumlee OUT (calf), Cody Martin QUESTIONABLE (illness)

Knicks: Derrick Rose OUT (ankle), Taj Gibson OUT (groin), Nerlens Noel DAY-TO-DAY (knee), RJ Barrett DAY-TO-DAY (illness)

Nets: Kyrie Irving OUT (personal), Nic Claxton OUT (illness), Joe Harris OUT (ankle)

Injury updates via ESPN

Four Factors

•   Bulls: 52.5 EFG% (12th), 13.9 TOV% (9th), 23.8 OREB% (28th), .227 FTA RATE (15th)

•   Hornets: 52.8 EFG% (10th), 12.9 TOV% (3rd), 26.6 OREB% (17th), .222 FTA RATE (19th)

•   Knicks: 51.6 EFG% (16th), 14.2 TOV% (13th), 27.2 OREB% (13th), .241 FTA RATE (9th)

•   Nets: 54.3 EFG% (4th), 14.3 TOV% (16th), 21.2 OREB% (30th), .249 FTA RATE (6th)

Author: Elias Schuster

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