The Chicago Bulls have *literally* never beaten Joel Embiid.
Will that change tonight?
Philadelphia 76ers (2-4) at Chicago Bulls (3-2) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)
1. Alex Caruso
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vucevic
Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Andre Drummond OUT (shoulder), Ayo Dosunmu OUT (chest)
1. James Harden
2. Tyrese Maxey
3. Tobias Harris
4. PJ Tucker
5. Joel Embiid
Injury Report: N/A
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What to Watch For …
- While the Chicago Bulls will have their rested max player on the floor tonight, they will be without two key rotation players in Ayo Dosunmu and Andre Drummond. Considering that the 76ers will walk into this one without a single name on the injury report, it surely feels like depth could become the difference in tonight’s game.
- The Chicago Bulls won the fastbreak battle, turnover battle, and second-chance points battle against the Spurs … and still lost. The game was just another reminder of how important halfcourt defense and 3-point shotmaking will be for this team to stay competitive. Despite starting the year 2-4, Philly does possess the 9th-ranked offense, per NBA Stats, and the third-most efficient halfcourt offense, per Cleaning the Glass. If the Bulls want any chance of winning, they’ll have to figure out some way to keep the Harden-Embiid combo from destroying them in the pick-and-roll.
- Philly has also shot the 3-ball at the 9th-best clip to start the year compared to the Bulls’ 14th. Between players like Harden, Maxey, Melton, and Niang, the 76ers have more than enough shotmakers to give the Bulls serious problems. Chicago will either have to run them off the 3-point line or hope that they have an uncharacteristically strong shooting night.
- Chicago has shot the 2nd-most free throws per game to start the year, but Philly has allowed the 3rd-fewest a night. Something to watch out for as this Bulls’ offense tries to stay alive in this one.
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