Pre-Gamin': Bulls at Celtics (6:30 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For

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Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Celtics (6:30 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For

Chicago Bulls

Standing between the Bulls and their first four-game win streak of the season is the East’s best team.


Game Info

Chicago Bulls (19-21) at Boston Celtics (28-12) – 6:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV,) NBATV, 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 QUESTIONABLE (knee), Alex Caruso QUESTIONABLE (ankle)

Boston Celtics

1. Payton Pritchard
2. Derrick White
3. Jaylen Brown
4. Jayson Tatum
5. Al Horford

Injury Report: Marcus Smart OUT (knee)


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What to Watch For …

  • Look, I know the Bulls have beaten the Boston Celtics twice this season … but I’m still scared. Not only is this team likely thirsty for revenge, but they also got back big man Robert Williams. His presence as a rim protector and rebounder will undoubtedly make life that much harder on Nikola Vucevic, who has otherwise feasted on the small-ball Celtics so far this season.
  • No Marcus Smart is good news for an already-hot Bulls offense. While there is no question Boston has several good and lengthy defenders to throw at both Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, the absence of the reigning DPOY should be a welcomed sight. I’d love to see the Bulls’ guards now open the night in attack mode and target the paint. Finding a way to get this Celtics team in foul trouble early could go a long way in securing their third win against the reigning East champs.
  • Alex Caruso, who is in line to make his return tonight, scooped up a team-high four steals to help force Boston into 15 TOVs. For a team that averages the 6th-lowest TOV% per game, doing this again will be tough, but keep an eye on that department if the Bulls find themselves up late in the game.
  • A lot more in here …

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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.