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

I’m just going to leave these here …

Game Info

Milwaukee Bucks at (38-25) at Chicago Bulls (39-24)  – 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN (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)

Milwaukee Bucks

1. Jrue Holiday
2. Grayson Allen
3. Khris Middleton
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
5. Bobby Portis

Injury Report: George Hill OUT (neck), Pat Connaughton OUT (hand), Brook Lopez OUT (back)

What to Watch For …

•   The goal isn’t to stop Giannis … nor should it be. No one in this league has what it takes to truly stop the 2x MVP, and the more effort the Bulls depleted defense puts into that task, the more tired they will be trying to stop the supporting cast. Put a body on the Greek Freak and prioritize slowing down the likes of Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. Both backcourt players shot just 9-27 from the field the last time these two met, and it was a big reason why the Bulls were able to stay within striking distance all night long.

•   Watch out for Bobby Portis. The former Bull is having a career year with the Bucks, averaging 15.7 points and 9.1 rebounds with a 41.4 percent clip from behind the arc. He’s slid in as Milwaukee’s starting center in the absence of Brook Lopez, and we all know what kind of difference his high-energy and chippy play can bring. The Bulls will need Tristan Thompson to try to match his intensity, and they will also have to do a much better job than they have in recent games at keeping Portis off the offensive glass. The big man grabbed six offensive rebounds against the Bulls back in January.

•   Will we see the Thompson-Vucevic duo again? Considering head coach Billy Donovan felt confident enough to put that lineup on the floor in the final 4 minutes of last night’s game, I have to imagine he’ll test it out against the Antetokounmpo-Portis frontcourt. After all, the Bulls are going to need the size.

•   Zach LaVine has looked a little closer to his old self the past two games, scoring a combined 44 points on 53.3 percent shooting. Could a big-time performance be on the horizon? The Bulls have to hope.

•   More in here …

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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