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

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

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have been on an impressive stretch over the past two weeks.

It would be a shame if … LAURI MARKKANEN RUINED IT! *The Finnisher flashes an evil smile*

Game Info

Utah Jazz (20-21) at Chicago Bulls (18-21) at – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV) and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

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

Injury Report: Javonte Green OUT (knee), Alex Caruso GAME TIME DECISION (ankle)

Utah Jazz

1. Mike Conley
2. Jordan Clarkson
3. Lauri Markkanen
4. Jarred Vanderbilt
5. Kelly Olynyk

Injury Report: Collin Sexton OUT (hamstring)

What to Watch For …

  • This isn’t the same Utah Jazz team that took the NBA by storm at the beginning of the season. Lauri Markkanen and Co. are just 3-7 over their last 10 games (opposite of Chicago) and have fallen into the West’s 10th seed. They have especially struggled on the defensive end, where they are allowing opponents to score nearly 116 points per game with the NBA’s third-worst defensive rating. With a lack of experienced rim protection, Utah easily gives up the most points in the paint per game. not only should this encourage someone like Zach LaVine to attack downhill repeatedly, but it should encourage the Bulls to continue playing through Nikola Vucevic, who finishes last night’s game with a triple-double.
  • With all that said, Utah does have the NBA’s 3rd-best offense thanks to Markkanen and several above-average role players. They have the 8th-highest effective field goal percentage in the league and chuck up the 4th-most 3-pointers per game. Markkanen is currently shooting 42.0 percent from long range and is averaging 24.5 points per game. He’s fresh off a 49-point performance against Houston Rockets, and there is no question he’ll come in looking to cement his All-Star case with another big performance against the very organization that gave up on him.
  • Less than 24 hours ago, Zach LaVine dropped an easy 41 points behind a historic 11 3-pointers. While it would be silly for us to think he can replicate that performance tonight, it will be interesting to see if he can carry some of that magic into tonight. Let’s remember, this is the back end of a back-to-back, so there are bound to be some tired legs out there.
  • More in here …

Author: Elias Schuster

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