WHO: Brooklyn Nets (14-18) at Chicago Bulls (7-24)
WHAT: The Nets are looking to push their win streak to seven games, on the road, against the Chicago Bulls. Seven games!
WHERE: United Center, Chicago, IL
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, WGN; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
The Bulls are bad, tanking, and shouldn’t pose too much of a threat even though this Brooklyn squad is very much still capable of losing to bad teams, especially on the road end of a back-to-back. I wouldn’t call this a scheduled loss, but it is for sure a potential trap game.
If Zach Lavine does play he poses a legitimate scoring threat with his 23.8 points per game. He’s not great from three but his explosiveness makes him tough to guard. Still, he could be hampered a bit by the ankle injury he’s been dealing with. He’s just 23, and when you can average the same amount of points as your age it’s impressive. This isn’t really a measuring stick for anything or useful at all, but it’s just a weird true thing. An 18-year-old rookie averaging 18 points? Impressive. A 32-year-old veteran averaging 32 points? Impressive! Moving on.
Jabari Parker has been mentioned as a trade candidate after falling out of favor with head coach Jim Boylen who looks just like my middle school guidance counselor ... but is probably worse at managing a room of NBA-sized egos. It’s not like Jabari is great, and it’s unlikely we see much of him in this one, but he’s a serviceable player on a team where he is no worse than the sixth worst player. Would I do an Allen Crabbe for Jabari swap? Absolutely, even if it means giving up the Denver pick. Getting off of Crabbe’s $18.5 million next season would be huge. Would Sean Marks, a man of great patience, do it? Almost certainly not. Still, there was a single report back in September that the Nets were willing to give him $16 million.
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