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Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls Live Game Thread: Time to get back on track

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NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (27-24) vs. Chicago Bulls (11-39)

WHAT: The Nets want to win, the Bulls don’t. Here’s hoping that everyone comes out on top tonight.

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, WGN; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

As a team, Chicago scores just 101.1 points per game which is 29th in the league. They don’t rebound or shoot or pass well, ranking close to last in the league in all of those categories (assists for passing) which, compared to the Nets who are close to best in the league in a number of categories since the calendar flipped to 2019, makes for a good matchup ... for Brooklyn. The Bulls last game was Sunday when they lost to the Cavaliers.

On the second halves of back-to-backs, the burden of performing well oftentimes falls on bench players who don’t have as many miles on their legs. Guys like Shabazz Napier, who’s been playing well lately especially in the absence of Spencer Dinwiddie. In his last 13, Napier is scoring 12.9 points per game with 3.5 assists and shooting a not-great 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. The Nets don’t necessarily need Napier to be a high percentage shooter because what he bring off of the bench is energy and scoring, but if there were an aspect of his game that could be improved upon, efficiency might be one. The winner of two NCAA championships while at UConn has a rep for being hard-working ... and ready.

And of course, D’Angelo Russell only played 23 minutes up in Boston.

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