Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Kings (9:00 CT) — Lineups, Odds, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Kings (9:00 CT) — Lineups, Odds, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

Who’s ready for some late-night hoops?

Game Info

Chicago Bulls (40-26) at Sacramento Kings (24-45) – 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 Vucevic

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Zach LaVine AVAILABLE (knee)

Sacramento Kings

1. De’Aaron Fox
2. Donte DiVincenzo
3. Harrison Barnes
4. Trey Lyles
5. Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report: Justin Holiday QUESTIONABLE (illness), Alex Len QUESTIONABLE (back), Terence Davis OUT (wrist), Jeremy Lamb OUT (personal)

Odds

The Bulls walk into tonight as a -3.5 favorite over the Kings at PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and at the FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite, I guess …)!

Since I gave a Vucevic prop that actually hit last game, I’ll test my luck with another tip: You can get the over on Nikola Vucevic’s 3-point attempts (1.5) at PointsBet for +125. The big man took six attempts the last time these teams met, and he’s nailed at least two buckets from downtown in two of his last three games.

What to Watch For …

•   The Sacramento Kings may not be very good at a lot of things, but they know how to get to the free-throw line. In large part thanks to the speedy downhill threat of De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento averaged the 6th-most free throw attempts per game at 22.8. Both Fox and forward Harrison Barnes average roughly 6.0 attempts per game, which surely isn’t the best news for a Bulls team that has allowed the 10th-most free throw attempts to their opponents over the last month.

•   Alex Caruso made an instant impact upon his highly-anticipated return this weekend, and we can only hope it produces the same results tonight. Caruso snatched four steals and helped force the opponent into at least 14 turnovers for only the third time since January 19th. The Bulls also held their opponent to under 100 points for the first time since – you guessed it – Caruso played against the Bucks on January 21st. Forcing two experienced offensive talents in Sabonis and Fox into the same mistakes will not be easy, but it’s certainly doable if the same rejuvenated Bulls team we saw this weekend shows up.

•   THE ZACH ATTACK IS BACK! After one game off, head coach Billy Donovan announced before tonight’s battle that LaVine will return to the starting lineup. I’ll have a close eye on him throughout the game to see if he looks fully comfortable.

•   The Kings allow the second-most points in the paint and the 4th-most second-chance points per game. I hope Vucevic is hungry!

•   More in here …



Author: Elias Schuster

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