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Bulls Weekly Preview: Nuggets, Cavaliers, and Heat — December 6-12, 2021

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls enter this week riding a three-game winning streak after a clean sweep of the Hornets, Knicks, and Nets last week, good enough to put them just .5 game back of the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Oh, and one big reason they find themselves in that position: DeMar DeRozan, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week!

LET’S WIN IT AGAIN, DEMAR!

Meet the Opponents:

•  12/6 vs. Nuggets (11-11): Round 2, and this time we got Jokic!
•  12/8 @ Cavaliers (13-11): Lauri Markkanen revenge game! 
•  12/11 @ Heat (14-10): Jimmy Butler revenge game (for the 9th time)!  

Bulls Projected Lineup

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

Opponent Projected Lineup

Nuggets:

1. Monte Morris
2. Will Barton
3. Aaron Gordon
4. Jeff Green
5. Nikola Jokic

Cavaliers:

1. Isaac Okoro
2. Darius Garland
3. Lauri Markkanen
4. Evan Mobley
5. Jarrett Allen

Heat:

1. Kyle Lowry
2. Duncan Robinson
3. Jimmy Butler
4. P.J. Tucker
5. Dewayne Dedmon

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

Bulls: Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Alex Caruso DAY-TO-DAY (hamstring), Coby White OUT (H&S P’s), Javonte Green (H&S P’s)

Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. OUT (back), P.J. Dozier OUT (knee), Jamal Murray OUT (knee), Bol Bol OUT (H&S P’s), Bones Hyland (H&S P’s), Austin Rivers (H&S P’s)

Cavaliers: Dean Wade OUT (calf), Collin Sexton OUT (knee)

Heat: Markieff Morris OUT (neck), Jimmy Butler OUT (tailbone), Bam Adebayo OUT (UCL), Victor Oladipo OUT (quad)

Injury updates via ESPN

Four Factors

•   Bulls: 53.3 EFG% (8th), 13.4 TOV% (7th), 23.9 OREB% (28th), .231 FTA RATE (14th)

•   Nuggets: 53.6 EFG% (6th), 14.3 TOV% (17th), 25.5 OREB% (22nd), .190 FTA RATE (29th)

•   Cavaliers: 52.3 EFG% (13), 16.5 TOV% (29th), 28.6 OREB% (7th), .233 FTA RATE (12th)

•   Heat: 53.0 EFG% (10th), 14.7 TOV% (20th), 28.7 OREB% (6th), .246 FTA RATE (7th)



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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