Pre-Gamin': Bulls at Hornets (6:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Hornets (6:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are in Charlotte tonight as they look to find an answer for LaMelo Ball and company on the defensive end. On offense, the Bulls can score; there’s no doubt about that. Heck, just look at what the big-three of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Lonzo Ball did the last time these two teams met:

Game Info

Chicago Bulls (33-21) at Charlotte Hornets (28-27) – 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN/NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Coby White
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), Ayo Dosunmu OUT (Concussion)

Charlotte Hornets

1. LaMelo Ball
2. Terry Rozier
3. Kelly Oubre
4. Miles Bridges
5. Mason Plumlee

Injury Report:  Jalen McDaniels OUT (ankle), Gordon Heyward OUT (ankle), James Bouknight QST (wrist), Cody Martin OUT (ankle)

What to Watch For …

•   There’s gotta be an ESPN curse on the Bulls, right? Since re-emerging into the national spotlight this season, the Bulls have played on ESPN three times and lost all three contests. They’ll play their fourth game on ESPN tonight, and they’ll have to account for LaMelo Ball missing their three best on-ball defenders in Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and Ayo Dosunmu.

•   DeMar DeRozan is averaging 32.8 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.9 rebounds in his last 11 games, and over his previous three games against Indiana, Philly, and Phoenix, DeRozan is averaging 38 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. Simply put, DeRozan is doing everything he can to put this struggling Bulls team on his back, but they’re 5-6 in those 11 games.

•   The Bulls allowed their opponent to score more than 115 points for the 15th consecutive game in their loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night at the United Center. To make matters worse, they’ll be without Ayo Dosunmu tonight when they take on the Charlotte Hornets, who can score in bunches.

•  For what it’s worth, the Hornets are coming into tonight’s contest on a four-game losing streak. Let’s just hope they don’t figure out their issues tonight against a vulnerable Bulls squad.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.