Bulls Weekly Preview: 76ers, Pistons, Cavaliers – March 7-13, 2022

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Bulls Weekly Preview: 76ers, Pistons, Cavaliers – March 7-13, 2022

Chicago Bulls

After a tough matchup with the 76ers, the Bulls have a good chance to secure two much-needed wins against a 14th-seeded Pistons team and a banged-up Cavs squad.

Meet the Opponents:

•  3/07 @ 76ers (39-24): WE GOT OUT BROOMS!
•  3/09 @ Pistons (17-47): Cade Cunningham >> Ayo Dosunmu
•  3/4 vs. Cavaliers (37-27):  Looks like Lauri Markanen is about to put up a new season-high!

Bulls Projected Lineup

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Javonte Green
5. Nikola Vučević

Opponent Projected Lineup

76ers:

1. James Harden
2. Tyrese Maxey
3. Matisse Thybulle
4. Tobias Harris
5. Joel Embiid

Pistons:

1. Cory Joseph
2. Cade Cunningham
3. Saddiq Bey
4. Jerami Grant
5. Isaiah Stewart

Cavaliers:

1. Darius Garland
2. Isaac Okoro
3. Lauri Markkanen
4. Evan Mobley
5. Kevin Love

Unavailable/Injured (at the start of the week):

Bulls: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (wrist), Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Nikola Vucevic QUESTIONABLE (hamstring)

76ers: Paul Millsap OUT (personal)

Pistons: Frank Jackson OUT (back), Hamidou Diallo QUESTIONABLE (illness)

Cavaliers: Collin Sexton OUT (knee), Rajon Rondo OUT (toe), Caris LeVert OUT (foot), Jarrett Allen OUT (finger)

Injury updates via ESPN

Four Factors

•   Bulls:  54.8 EFG% (4th), 13.0 TOV% (7th), 24.7 OREB% (29th),  .240 FTA RATE (20th)

•   76ers: 52.9 EFG% (14th), 12.8 TOV% (3rd), 23.9 OREB% (30th), .272 FTA RATE (2nd)

Question of the Week:

Last week’s question: So do the Bulls look like a team that could hang with either the Heat or Bucks in a playoff series?

Maybe. What last week taught us is that this current version of the Chicago Bulls simply isn’t equipped to hang with the East elites. The Miami Heat picked apart the Bulls with their physicality and depth. Meanwhile, Milwaukee used their experience and free-throw line dominance to close things out in a swift fashion. Are things different if Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are in the lineup? It’s a fair question, especially when we consider some of the stats in the post below …

This week’s question: So … where will the Bulls be seeded?



Author: Elias Schuster

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