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

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

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls host the Toronto Raptors tonight in a quick pit stop in Chicago before heading to San Antonio. Javonte Green will once again be on a minutes restriction of 22-25 minutes, according to Billy Donovan. Tyler Cook is expected to play as well after dealing with an eye injury after taking an elbow in Oklahoma City.

Game Info

Toronto Raptors (23-22) at Chicago Bulls (29-17) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Javonte Green
5. Nikola Vučević

Injury Report: Patrick Williams OUT (Wrist), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Derrick Jones Jr. OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (Wrist)

Toronto Raptors

1. Fred Van Fleet
2. Gary Trent
3. OG Anunoby
4. Scottie Barnes
5. Pascal Siakam

Injury Report: Goran Dragic OUT (personal), Khem Birch OUT (nose), David Johnson OUT (calf)

What to Watch For …

 The Toronto Raptors lead the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage (33.2%), and that’s not great for the Bulls, who have been getting killed on the glass and in the paint. Keep an eye on Scottie Barnes in this one. The six-foot-nine rookie power forward averages 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists per contest this season for Toronto. Barnes and Pascal Siakam can give the Bulls fits down low, and Fred Van Fleet is always a threat to score 30.

•   The Bulls topped the Raptors 111-108 in the first season meeting between the two teams back on October 25. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points in the victory, and Zach LaVine added 22 points. Nikola Vučević scored 17 points and logged eight boards. Speaking of Vooch, the Bulls needed him to step up in a big way on Monday night, and he did just that, logging a 26 point-15 rebound double-double in a win over OKC. That’s the type of performance that Billy Donovan needs from his veteran big man right now.

•   Trade deadline season continues to heat up…



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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