The Chicago Bulls will lock the horns with Brooklyn Nets, in a fight between two of the two best teams in the East, on Barclays Center on Saturday. In the previous meeting of these two teams earlier this season, the Bulls inflicted a heavy defeat on the Nets. They will try to repeat those feats in this game against Barclays.
The Bulls enter this game after an impressive 119-115 win against the New York Knicks. DeMar DeRozan led the team from the front with a performance of 34 points. This was their 15th win of the season, giving them a strong position in the East. A win against the Nets would be a great result for the Bulls, helping them raise morale ahead of the tough games ahead.
However, the Nets will not be a team that will be easy to pass. They enter the game after a close 110-105 win against Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Durant and James Harden are combined for 50 points. The duo will be focused on another amazing show to strengthen the Nets’ position at the top of the NBA Eastern Conference.
Chicago Bulls Injury Report
Javonte Green and Coby White have been ruled out due to league health and safety protocols. Patrick Williams is indefinitely due to a joint injury. Another cause for concern for the Bulls is the injury of Alex Carus. He is listed as controversial for this match, and a decision could be made before the announcement.
Brooklyn Nets Injury Report
Both Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris are out of the game against the Bulls indefinitely. The Nets have not yet reported any other injuries or absences.
Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets: Predicted starting lineups
The Chicago Bulls have been very consistent with their starting lineup this season. That helped them start the season well and play good basketball.
Chicago could start Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine in the hinterland. The absence of Javonte Green has opened a spot in the front field, which is expected to be filled by youngster Ayo Dosunnu. He could play in the front field with Demar DeRozan, while Nikola Vučević continues in the center.
The Brooklyn Nets made a lot of noise even when Kyrie Irving left the team. All of their players have played a major role in keeping the team competitive. If things continue to work well, they could pose a powerful challenge in the East.
Against the Bulls, Patty Mills and James Harden should continue in the backfield. Kevin Durant and DeAndre ‘Bembry will probably start in the front field, while LaMarcus Aldridge starts in the middle.
Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets: Predicted starting 5s
Distribution Guard – Lonzo Ball; Sagittarius – Zach LaVine; Small striker – Ayo Dosunnu; Power Forward – DeMar DeRozan; Center – Nikola Vucevic.
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Distribution Guard – James Harden; Sagittarius – Patty Mills; Small striker – Kevin Durant; Power Forward – DeAndre ‘Bembry; Center – LaMarcus Aldridge.