Pre-Gamin': Bulls at Thunder (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For

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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Thunder (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For

Chicago Bulls

After a four-game winning streak, the Chicago Bulls took down the top-2 teams in the Eastern Conference.

Is this the sign of a true season turnaround? A good way to prove just that is by taking care of business tonight.

Game Info

Chicago Bulls (8-10) at Oklahoma City Thunder (7-11) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago, and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

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

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Javonte Green AVAILABLE (stinger), Goran Dragic AVAILABLE (back)

Oklahoma City Thunder

1. Josh Giddey
2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
3. Lu Dort
4. Aleksej Pokusevski
5. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Injury Report: Chet Holmgren OUT (foot), Mike Muscala OUT (finger)

Odds

The Bulls walk into tonight as -3.0 favorites against the Thunder 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 …)!

What to Watch For …

  • As fun as this Oklahoma City team is to watch, a loss to them would feel like two steps backward after a shockingly dominant start to the week. OKC holds a bottom-10 net rating and runs one of the most inexperienced rotations in the NBA. They lack physicality in the frontcourt, allowing the fourth-most point in the paint per game and the 2nd-most second-chance points a night. With that being the case, there really isn’t any reason that Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond shouldn’t feast in this game. We’ve already seen both take full advantage of an undersized unit in Boston, and the Bulls should try to play from the inside out again tonight.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is as playing as well as anyone in the league. While Alex Caruso probably has the skills to help slow them down, the Bulls might be better off simply prioritizing the rest of the roster. Not allowing complementary pieces like Lu Dort or Josh Giddey to beat them should be the easiest way to cruise to victory tonight.
  • DeMar DeRozan is on a heater right now.
  • More in here …


Author: Elias Schuster

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