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

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

Chicago Bulls

 The Bulls better win for Mr. Funk …

Game Info

Oklahoma City Thunder (19-39) at Chicago Bulls (34-21) – 7:00 p.m. CT on ESPN/NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Coby White
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Troy Brown Jr.
5. Nikola Vučević

Injury Report: Patrick Williams OUT (Wrist), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Derrick Jones Jr. OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (Wrist), Nikola Vucevic PROBABLE (hip), Zach LaVine OUT (injury management), Javonte Green OUT (foot)

Oklahoma City Thunder

1. Tre Mann
2. Josh Giddey
3. Lu Dort
4. Darius Bazley
5. Derrick Favors

Injury Report: Mike Muscala OUT (ankle), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander OUT (ankle), Aaron Wiggins OUT (ankle), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl OUT (foot)

What to Watch For …

•   The last time these two teams matched up, I almost had a heart attack. The Bulls were cruising with a 28 point lead before they took their foot entirely off the gas and let the Thunder storm back. When the final buzzer sounded, the Bulls only walked off the floor with a one-point victory, reminding them just how important it is to execute until the very end. The good news for Chicago, however, is a number of the players who helped orchestra that Thunder comeback will be on the sidelined tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander torched the depleted backcourt on his way to 31 points and an 11-14 performance from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, sharpshooting big man Mike Muscala took advantage of his opportunity against the Bulls bench and scored 14 points. This time around, neither player will suit up.

•   Watch out for Josh Giddey. The rookie is one of the best young facilitators in the NBA, and he stuffed the stat sheet last time around with 8 rebounds (3 of which were offensive) and 6 assists. In the absence of Gilgeous-Alexander, Giddey will surely carry a bigger load, and Ayo Dosunmu has to be ready to help shutdown his savvy playmaking ability.

•   Can the Bulls’ defense please look good for once? This is an OKC team that has failed to score 100 points in four of its last five matchups. They shoot worse than any other team in the league from the field and behind the arc. So, yes, this is literally one of the worst offenses in basketball.

•   More on the Bulls booming offense here …



Author: Elias Schuster

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