Bulls Weekly Preview: Pelicans and Magic – November 14-20, 2022

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Bulls Weekly Preview: Pelicans and Magic – November 14-20, 2022

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The Bulls have an even lighter schedule this week with just a pair of games against the Pelicans and Magic. And, if they ever needed a pair of wins, right now is that time.

Meet the Opponents:

  • 11/16 @ Pelicans (7-6): Round 2, fight …
  • 11/9 vs. Magic (4-10): We’re a walking MASH unit …

Bulls Projected Lineup

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vučević

Opponent Projected Lineup


1. C.J. McCollum
2. Brandon Ingram
3. Herbert Jones
4. Zion Williamson
5. Jonas Valanciunas


1. Jalen Suggs
2. Franz Wagner
3. Chuma Okeke
4. Bol Bol
5. Wendell Carter Jr.

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

Bulls: OUT – Lonzo Ball (knee), DTD – Coby White (thigh)

Pelicans: DTD – Zion Williamson (ankle), OUT – E.J. Lidell (knee)

Magic: OUT – Paolo Banchero (ankle), OUT – Gary Harris (knee), OUT – Moritz Wagner (unlisted), OUT – Markelle Fultz (toe), OUT – Cole Anthony (oblique), OUT – Jonathan Isaac (hamstring)

Four Factors

•   Bulls: 52.7 EFG% (21st), 15.6 TOV% (22nd), 26.8 OREB% (20th), .276 FTA RATE (10th)

•   Pelicans: 53.5 EFG% (17th), 14.1 TOV% (11th), 32.1 OREB% (6th), .268 FTA RATE (16th)

•   Magic: 53.8 EFG% (14th), 17.1 TOV% (29th), 29.5 OREB% (15th), .297 FTA RATE (4th)

What to Watch For …

Bulls: A 6-8 start isn’t quite the time to hit the panic button, but an 8-8 start heading into next week would make me feel a whole lot better. After dropping a game to the Pelicans last Wednesday, can Billy Donovan come up with a counter-punch in the game-planning department like he did last week against the Toronto Raptors? Let’s hope. Rebounding against the Pelicans — who might be without Zion Williamson — and taking care of the young and fiery Magic feels like a must at this point for the Bulls.

Pelicans: Zion Williamson is back on the injury report with an ankle sprain, which has been a problem for him all season long. They had the Bulls’ number last week, but can they do it again, this time possibly without Zion? Regardless, keeping a close eye on Brandon Ingram will be pivotal. The Bulls took care of the All-Star forward for three quarters before he almost single-handedly stole the game in the final frame. Ingram finished the night scoring 16 of his 21 points on 6-8 shooting in the final quarter.

Magic: The Orlando Magic enter the week with Bol Bol and Chuma Okeke in the starting lineup thanks to a long and deep injury report. The availability of Paolo Banchero will be something to watch out for, as the No. 1-overall pick has looked like nothing short of this season’s ROY. No matter who ends up on the court, however, this has to be a win for the Bulls. What helped last year’s team lock in a top-6 seed was its ability to take care of lesser opponents, and Orlando remains just that.

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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