This is going to be a tough week for the Bulls. A stretch of four games in five nights begins with the Pistons at home tonight, and the Bulls should be careful not to play down to the Pistons record tonight. Cade Cunningham and the Pistons just upended the Utah Jazz last night, and they have the talent to give the Bulls a run for their money if they don’t play a good game tonight.
Detroit Pistons (9-30) at Chicago Bulls (26-11) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)
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1. Lonzo Ball
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Derrick Jones Jr.
5. Nikola Vucevic
Injury Report: Patrick Williams OUT (Wrist), Alex Caruso OUT (Foot), Javonte Green OUT (groin), Tyler Cook (ankle)
1. Killian Hayes
2. Cade Cunningham
3. Hamidou Diallo
4. Saddiq Bey
5. Isaiah Stewart
Injury Report: Jerami Grant OUT (Hand), Kelly Olynk OUT (Knee), Frank Jackson OUT (H&S P’s)
What to Watch For …
• The Bulls are 2-0 this season against the Pistons after taking two games in four nights from Detroit during the season’s opening week. Zach LaVine scored 34 points in a 94-88 season-opening victory on October 20, and then DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 21 points for the Bulls in a 97-82 victory at the United Center. The Pistons are coming on the back-half of a back-to-back that featured a Pistons win in Utah on Monday night. Cade Cunningham scored a career-high 29 points, and Saddiq Bey scored 29 in the Pistons’ 126-116 victory over the Jazz.
• Nikola Vučević has logged 19 double-doubles this season and played some of his best basketball in a Bulls jersey for the past couple of weeks. Vooch averages 16.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in 31 games against the Pistons, and the veteran big was a force on the glass in the previous two meetings with Detroit this season, grabbing 15 and 19 rebounds in the first two contests, respectively.
• Coming into tonight, Chicago has won nine straight over the Detroit Pistons, a streak that began Nov. 1, 2019, and continued through two meetings (including Opening Night) this season, per Bulls media notes.
• The Bulls are 7-0 this season on the front-half of back-to-backs. Tonight will mark the start of their eighth back-to-back this season with Brooklyn at the United Center tomorrow. The Bulls are 5-2 on the second half of their back-to-backs, so they’ve been pretty good in this scenario all around.
• Here’s a look at the rest of the week ahead for the Bulls:
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