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

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

Chicago Bulls

I I know I’m not the only one that felt like the All-Star break was a month, right? Isn’t it awesome to care about watching the Chicago Bulls play basketball again!

Game Info

Atlanta Hawks (28-30) at Chicago Bulls (38-21) – 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: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (wrist), Patrick Williams OUT (wrist)

Atlanta Hawks

1. Trae Young
2. Kevin Huerter
3. De’Andre Hunter
4. Danilo Gallinari
5. Clint Capela

Injury Report: Lou Williams QST (hamstring), John Collins OUT (foot), Gorgui Dieng OUT (personal)

What to Watch For …

•   The Bulls are back in action, and they’re opening up the stretch run to the NBA postseason with their third meeting with the Atlanta Hawks this season tonight at the United Center. The Bulls took each of the first two meetings from the Hawks in late December, so Atlanta will be looking for revenge. The Bulls will be looking to start the stretch run on the right foot with the schedule doing them no favors the rest of the way. The Bulls have two meetings with the Hawks and matchups with Memphis, Milwaukee, and Philly between now and March 7.

•   Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks are no team for the Bulls to be taking lightly. Atlanta is fighting for their playoff hopes, and Trae Young can score in bunches as well as anyone in the league. With that in mind, plenty of weight will fall on Ayo Dosunmu. The rookie has been a stellar on-ball defender against the league’s top scorers this season, and he gave Young fits the last time these two met. The Bulls will likely need him to do nothing but the same tonight to pull off the win.

•  DeMar DeRozan has another opportunity to make history tonight against the Atlanta Hawks as he comes in having just recorded an NBA- best seven straight 35+ point games while also shooting 50% or better from the floor. DeRozan’s hot streak toppled Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain’s old mark of six consecutive games (he did it twice – 1960-61 and 1963).

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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