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

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

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Game Info

Sacramento Kings (22-37) at Chicago Bulls (36-21) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Coby White
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Javonte Green
5. Nikola Vučević

Injury Report: Zach LaVine OUT (knee), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (wrist), Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Javonte Green PROBABLE (ankle)

Sacramento Kings

1. De’Aaron Fox
2. Justin Holiday
3. Maurice Harkless
4. Harrison Barnes
5. Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report: Terence Davis OUT (wrist), Jeremy Lamb QUESTIONABLE (ankle), Davion Mitchell QUESTIONABLE (hand)

What to Watch For …

•   As the Chicago Bulls learned last season, a midseason roster blow-up can come with its bumps in the road. The Sacramento Kings were one of the most active teams at this season’s trade deadline, and it’s shown over the past few games. After beating the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards by a combined 32 points, they played one of the worst games of the season with an 85-point outing against the Brooklyn Nets. Recently acquired big man Domantas Sabonis recorded just 9 points and De’Aaron Fox was the only player in the starting lineup to score in double-digit. So what team will the Bulls get tonight: The one that dropped 123+ points in consecutive games or the one that couldn’t buy a bucket against a severely shorthanded Nets team?

•   If one thing is for sure, it’s that Domantas Sabonis has given this Bulls team fits in the past. The team has already seen him three times this season, and the big man has averaged 19.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in those contests. Nikola Vucevic has played much closer to his All-Star self in recent weeks, and he’ll have to do it again tonight to keep up with one of the league’s better young frontcourt players.

•   Kings hold the second-worst defensive rating in the NBA. I know their team is a bit different now, but that’s still a number DeMar DeRozan is likely drooling over.

•   This depleted backcourt will be tested yet again on the defensive end. De’Aaron Fox is a wickedly fast and shifty point guard who plays downhill and shoots 65 percent at the rim. I have faith that Ayo Dosunmu can help neutralize at least some of what Fox brings to the table, but there is no question it will be a tough assignment.

•   Speaking of Dosunmu …

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Author: Elias Schuster

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