Bulls vs. Kings – Projected Lineups, Injury Report, How To Watch, More

the Chicago Bulls intro during a game at the United Center
the Chicago Bulls intro during a game at the United Center

Two wins in a row for the Bulls last week, and they’ll need every last one if they’re going to make any sort of run here at the end of the season. Indeed, tonight marks the start of another important week, featuring a tough matchup against the Kings at home in Chicago.

Game Info

Sacramento Kings (40-27) at Chicago Bulls (31-36) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV) and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starting Lineups

Chicago Bulls

  1. Patrick Beverley
  2. Alex Caruso
  3. Zach LaVine
  4. DeMar DeRozan
  5. Nikola Vučević

Injury Report: Alex Caruso QUESTIONABLE (illness), Javonte Green OUT (knee), Lonzo Ball OUT (knee)

Sacramento Kings

  1. De’Aaron Fox
  2. Kevin Huerter
  3. Harrison Barnes
  4. Keegan Murray
  5. Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report: Richaun Holmes OUT (illness), Trey Lyles OUT (suspension)

Odds

The Bulls come into tonight’s game as 1.5-point underdogs against the Kings at PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and 1-point underdogs at FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite …)!

What to Watch For

  • Zach, Zach, and more Zach. LaVine has been on fire since the All-Star break, and really since the beginning of February. In his last 13 games, LaVine is averaging 30.1 PPG, 54.1% FG%, and a 42.2 3P%. He’s always been exciting and able to score in bunches, but the way he’s doing it now (in such an efficient manner) has been a real treat. Hopefully, this is the next step in his progression to becoming an elite scorer in the NBA.
  • Tonight very well could be a track meet. The Kings really struggle defensively, especially in the paint, which could mean a big night for LaVine attacking the rim. Vucevic too. That said, the Kings are an elite offensive team and are going to try and play fast. De’Aaron Fox has turned into one of the NBA’s best point guards, and the Kings’ offense runs through him. Sacramento can score at will. The Bulls will need to tighten things up defensively and win the battle in the paint. If LaVine and Patrick Williams both wanted to shoot over 50% from three tonight, that would be great!
  • It’s the beginning of an important three-game home week for the Bulls with three tough tests against the Kings, Timberwolves, and Heat. Setting the tone against a very dangerous Kings team could go a long way in terms of confidence for Friday & Saturday’s back-to-back.
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    Matt is from the Chicagoland area and has been working in Chicago sports since 2015 with stops at WGN Radio, the Chicago Blackhawks, Stadium, and NBC Sports Chicago prior to landing at Betsperts. Matt covers just about everything for Betsperts and Bleacher Nation but focuses on the NHL and college football.

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