A great effort after a rough first quarter led to a 111-100 Bulls win over the Hawks at home last night. No rest for the weary, Bulls are back at it tonight against a shorthanded Pacers squad.
Need another W.
Chicago Bulls (22-24) at Indiana Pacers (23-25) – 6:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV) and 670 The Score (Radio)
Projected Starting Lineups
- Ayo Dosunmu
- Zach LaVine
- DeMar DeRozan
- Patrick Williams
- Nikola Vučević
Injury Report: Injury Report: Goran Dragic OUT (illness), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Javonte Green OUT (knee)
- T.J. McConnell
- Andrew Nembhard
- Buddy Hield
- Aaron Nesmith
- Myles Turner
Injury Report: Tyrese Haliburton OUT (knee), Daniel Theis OUT (knee), Andrew Nembhard QUESTIONABLE (illness)
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What to Watch For
- Last night seemed like such a step in the right direction. Now, instead of two steps back like we’ve seen too many times this year, let’s take another step forward! Tyrese Haliburton has been outstanding this year for Indiana, and with him out of the lineup again it’s a massive opportunity for the Bulls to gain some ground in the standings on the road. Yes, it’s the second game of a back-to-back, but it’s also only the Bulls’ third game in the last 9 days. No excuses, no tired legs. Same effort defensively and on the boards, please.
- Speaking of efforts defensively, let’s clap it up for Alex Caruso for picking up 3 more steals last night. As Eli wrote today, Caruso is in a zone defensively and is so vital to what this team wants to do.
- If we’re giving out rounds of applause for last night, let’s give it up for Patrick Williams! He picked up 18 points, 10 rebounds, went 2-4 from 3PT, and was engaged defensively. Too many times this season we’ve scratched our heads wondering where he was, but it’s nights like Monday that make you think he’s a 10+ year starter in this league.
- Indiana has dropped 7 games in a row and allowed 126+ points in four of their last five games. Don’t do them any favors, and let’s take care of the basketball. If the Bulls don’t beat themselves, they likely won’t be able to beat the Bulls and the offense should run smoothly.
- T.J. McConnell entered the Pacers’ starting lineup and put up a triple-double. Let’s not let him do that tonight. Ready, break!