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

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

Chicago Bulls

This better not be another New Orleans Pelicans situation.

Take care of business, please.

Game Info

Chicago Bulls (42-31) at New York Knicks (33-42) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV) and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1. Alex Caruso
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Javonte Green
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: DeMar DeRozan PROBABLE (adductor strain), Alex Caruso PROBABLE (back), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee)

New York Knicks:

1. Alec Burks
2. Evan Fournier
3. RJ Barrett
4. Julius Randle
5. Mitchell Robinson

Knicks: Quentin Grimes QST (knee), Nerlens Noel OUT (foot), Derrick Rose, OUT (ankle), Cam Reddish OUT (shoulder), Kemba Walker OUT (personal)

Odds

The Bulls walk into tonight as a -4.0 favorite against the Knicks at PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and a -3.5 favorite at the FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite, I guess …)!

What to Watch For …

•   We know Tom Thibodeau, so we know the New York Knicks are going to play hard. As significant as that team’s drop-off has been this season, they are still a well-coached group that will look to out-hustle and out-work you from the opening tip. They play a physical brand of basketball that we’ve already seen give the Bulls some trouble this season, and I expect nothing different tonight. The Bulls must walk into a hostile Madison Square Garden with the same mindset we saw them take in Cleveland. Even if the game doesn’t hold as high of stakes, it will take a disciplined approach and a concerted defensive effort to avoid letting players like RJ Barrett and Julius Randle establish themselves in the paint.

•   With that said, don’t take your eyes off the perimeter. Both Burks and Fournier are two players who shoot above 39.0 percent from long range. They are a big reason why New York ranks inside the top-11 in both 3-point attempts per game and 3-point field goal percentage.

•   Immanuel Quickley can get buckets in bunches, and it will be up to Coby White to try to match his scoring off the bench. While White dropped 23 points in a blowout loss to the Pelicans, he has scored in single digits in three of the four games, including a 0-point showing on Saturday night. Now is the time for White to pick up some momentum with the playoffs right around the corner.

•   More in here about the rebounding and free-throw line battle …



Author: Elias Schuster

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