Bulls Weekly Preview: Pistons in Paris – January 16-22, 2023

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Bulls Weekly Preview: Pistons in Paris – January 16-22, 2023

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls certainly know how to keep us coming back. The Bulls bookended the week with a hard-fought loss in Boston and a dominant, all-around effort in a 14-point win over last year’s champions, the Warriors. But wow, were those middle two efforts against the shorthanded Wizards and the tired-legs Thunder maddening. The Bulls are in Paris this week with just one game Friday against a league bottom feeder in the Pistons. What could go wrong?

Meet the Opponents:

  • 1/19 vs. Pistons: This is where we finally cruise to an easy win against a lesser opponent, right? Right?!?

Bulls Projected Lineup:

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

Opponent Projected Lineup

  1. Killian Hayes
  2. Jaden Ivey
  3. Saddiq Bey
  4. Isaiah Livers
  5. Isaiah Stewart

Unavailable/Injured (at start of the week)

Pistons: Nerlens Noel DAY-TO-DAY (knee), Buddy Boeheim DAY-TO-DAY (toe), Cade Cunningham OUT (lower leg), Jalen Duran DAY-TO-DAY (ankle)

Four Factors

Bulls: 55.0 EFG% (11th), 13.4 TOV% (7th), 23.2 OREB% (28th), 22.5 FTA/GM (23rd)

Pistons: 52.5 EFG% (26th), 14.6 TOV% (17th), 29.0 OREB% (12th), 27.0 FTA/GM (1st)

What to Watch For …

Bulls: With DeMar being a late scratch Sunday against the Warriors, you would have to think with four days off before the Paris game he will be back in for that one (Update: He will!). Can DeMar and Zach pick up where they left off, combining for 71 in the Utah game? The last time the Bulls and Pistons played on December 30, it was a much closer game than it should have been headed into the 4th before the Bulls pulled away. Can we please just get a relatively stress-free win over a bottom-of-the-league team?

Pistons: Big men have been able to feast on the Pistons as of late. In their last 5 outings, we’ve seen Julius Randle drop 42 points, Jonas Valančiūnas put up 33 points, noted offensive juggernaut Rudy Gobert go for 16 & 14, Joel Embiid score 36 points, and Montrezl Harrell even had a 20-point game with Embiid out. Sunday we saw Vuc’s best game of the season offensively by far. Looking at those big-man performances as of late against Detroit, Friday has the potential to be another standout effort from the Bulls man-in-the-middle. Let’s make that happen.