Pre-Gamin’: Bulls at Cavaliers (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For
It’s a battle of the two teams that stood pat at the deadline. Granted one team traded most of their assets for a superstar in the offseason and is 36-22 this season, but hey they’re basically the same team! The Bulls look to avoid the season sweep at the hands of Cleveland.
Chicago Bulls (26-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (36-22) – 7:00 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: Alex Caruso PROBABLE (foot), Patrick Williams PROBABLE (ankle), DeMar DeRozan PROBABLE (hip), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Javonte Green OUT (knee)
- Darius Garland
- Donovan Mitchell
- Isaac Okoro
- Evan Mobley
- Jarrett Allen
Injury Report: Dylan Windler QUESTIONABLE (ankle/hamstring)
The Bulls come into tonight as 6-point underdogs against the Cavaliers at both PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite …)!
What to Watch For
- Three-point shooting. Let’s watch for some improved three-point shooting most importantly. The performance beyond the arc was BRUTAL in the loss to the Nets. It took the Bulls until midway through the 3rd quarter to finally hit a triple, and they finished just 5 of 26 from three (19.2%). Let’s just be better than that tonight.
- Cleveland is coming off a pretty brutal travel spot in this back-to-back. They tipped off at 9:00 pm CT time in New Orleans on Friday night. They ended up winning the game, but traveled back to Cleveland and likely got in very late, now have a quick turnaround with a 7:00 pm CT tip time tonight. The Bulls have been in Cleveland since Friday, they’re in a much better spot in terms of rest. Please get off to a fast start, and there really is no excuse to not be out-hustling Cleveland in the 2nd Half.
- I’ve gone back and forth on the potential Russ addition, and I think I’ve settled on wanting him here. I know he doesn’t exactly fit what the Bulls need, but one thing he does give the Bulls is a guy who’s going to go full speed all the time and put in the max effort. The Bulls need one of those guys. Outside of DeMar for the most part, motivation and effort have been lacking all season. Russ will give whatever he’s got, he’ll push the pace, and he would absolutely help the Bulls rebounding the ball which they need. So no, Russ is not the perfect fit. But his all-out effort might be enough to spark the team, and his connection with Billy Donovan might be what can get the most out of whatever he has left in the tank. Just give Russ a shot, what can it hurt?