Pre-Gamin’: Nets at Bulls (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups, What to Watch For
So going off their last matchup, the Bulls have a pretty good shot at winning if they don’t wait until the mid-3rd Quarter to hit their first three-pointer. Oh, and welcome Pat Bev!
Brooklyn Nets (34-24) at Chicago Bulls (26-33)– 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: Goran Dragic OUT (knee), Javonte Green OUT (knee), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee)
- Spencer Dinwiddie
- Mikal Bridges
- Cam Johnson
- Dorian Finney-Smith
- Nic Claxton
Injury Report: Ben Simmons OUT (knee)
The Bulls come into tonight as 2-point favorites against the Nets 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
- The big move happened! Here comes Patrick Beverley to save the season! But seriously, Patrick Beverley is the exact type of player the Bulls need in their rotation. Is he a superstar? No. Will he automatically fix all of this team’s flaws? No. But he does provide them with a lot of things they have needed all season. He’s going to give them maximum effort and hustle. That’s what he’s done his whole career. He’s going to be a much-needed leader in the locker room. He gives them point guard depth that they desperately need. While not a great three-point shooter, he can certainly help in that category. Lastly, he’ll bring them help on the defensive side of the ball. All in all, it’s a move that checks a lot of boxes for what this team needs.
- The Bulls are getting healthier, so that’s good. Caruso, DeMar, and Derek Jones Jr are all expected to play tonight after missing the Bucks game. I know it will probably mean fewer minutes for Dalen Terry, but I really do hope he gets some minutes still tonight. In 27 minutes off the bench against the Bucks he put up 13 Points, 7 Rebounds, and 6 Assists. Not only that, the energy and effort he provided were really refreshing to watch. Hopefully, we see some of him tonight.
- The Nets are 2-2 since the Kevin Durant trade and completing their roster re-shuffle. While they don’t have the superstar talent anymore, they’re a deep team that can shoot the ball and play defense. Mikal Bridges has been spectacular since moving to the Nets. He’s averaging 25 points per game, including a 45-point, 8-rebound effort against Miami last Wednesday.
- The last time these two played, Zach LaVine had an incredibly polarizing game. On one hand, LaVine dropped 38 points. On the other, he had just one rebound and one assist, he didn’t make a three until late in the 3rd Quarter, and he missed some key shots down the stretch. Patrick Beverley told LaVine his job is to score. I’d expect a lot of that from Zach tonight, or at least a lot of shooting.