WHAT: A little daytime action for the Nets who are cruising right now against a Bulls team who desperately wants to lose this one.
WHERE: United Center, Chicago, IL
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, NBCSCH; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
The Bulls are last in the league in Offensive Rating, scoring a league worst 100.4 points per game. They’re also surprisingly solid at defense, holding opponents to 109.6 points per game whereas the Nets are very good at offense, scoring 111 per game and not as great on defense, allowing their opponents to score 111.7 points per game. This inverse matchup could be interesting, and as much as I’ve talked about how bad Chicago’s record is, the most recent Nets-Bulls game ended with a score of 96-93 and required a Joe Harris steal to seal the game. It would not be shocking if this was another close one.
Player To Watch
Zach LaVine can put up points in a hurry. He has 15 games this season of scoring 25 or more points, and his explosiveness is offset by a legitimate jumper and decent court vision. He is also on a tanking team, and when scorers are on tanking teams they tend to ratchet up the shot attempts a bit. LaVine is shooting a career high 18.2 times a game. We didn’t see him in the last Brooklyn/Chicago matchup so hopefully he doesn’t swing the results too much. One or two dunks are to be expected though. Ya just gotta live with those.
For more on the Bulls, check out: Grizzly Bear Blues
As for the Nets, per B-R they have 3 guys with the dreaded ‘no timetable to return’ in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Allen Crabbe, and Caris LaVert. I see there’s a “Dzanan Musa” who’s listed as out, and thought maybe that was the random guy who looked good in their last game against the Bulls, but no that was Rodions Kurucs. BlogABull Dot Com regrets any confusion.
If you recall (I didn’t!) that last game was a typical bad-team game from the Bulls where they held it close only by junking it up, then choked late. Hopefully this one is less like that and more like the game against Indiana, though if there’s a daytime Eastern Conference game and nobody around to see it, does it still suck?