Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Spurs (7:30 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected lineups, What to Watch For, Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Spurs (7:30 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected lineups, What to Watch For, Thread

Chicago Bulls

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Game Info

Chicago Bulls (3-2) at San Antonio Spurs (3-2) – 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1.  Ayo Dosunmu
2. Alex Caruso
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Zach LaVine OUT (injury management)

San Antonio Spurs

1. Tre Jones
2. Josh Richardson
3. Keldon Johnson
4. Jeremy Sochan
5. Jakob Poeltl

Injury Report: Joshua Primo OUT (glute), Devin Vassell OUT (knee)

Odds

The Bulls walk into tonight as -5.0 favorites against the San Antonio Spurs at PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and -5.0 favorites at FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite …)!

What to Watch For …

  • The Spurs might be a young team with zero interest in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly. San Antonio is as well-run and well-coached as any organization in the NBA. They may be in the thick of a transition period, but that doesn’t mean they don’t possess a competitive identity. This group has started 3-2 on the season, which includes a win over the 76ers and consecutive victories over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Their uptempo style (3rd in PACE) and unselfish nature (1st in ASTs per game) can make them tough to keep up with on the offensive end, but that isn’t the only side of the floor to worry about.
  • While the Spurs aren’t a particularly elite defensive team, they do have an imposing big man in Jakob Poeltl and a couple of lengthy wings to worry about. So far they have forced opponents into the 9th-most TOVs per game, and they have also averaged the 11th-most points off those TOVs each game.
  • Vucevic vs. Poeltl should be a fun matchup to watch. Both are top-notch rebounders and both have looked that much better on the offensive glass this season. A big reason the Bulls were able to dominant over their last two games in the way they did is because of their ability to control the rebounding department, so let’s hope they can do that again tonight.
  • Can the bench continue to dominate?

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Author: Elias Schuster

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