Basketball

Bulls Hope To Stay Sharp Against Pacers

Lavine, Vucevic, and coach Chris Fleming will the lead the Bulls into matchup against Pacers.
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 29: Chicago Bulls interim head coach Chris Fleming talks with Chicago Bulls Center Nikola Vucevic (9) and Chicago Bulls Guard Zach LaVine (8) during a NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls on December 29, 2021 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls will hope to stay hot and get their 6th straight win against the Indiana Pacers. Chicago is coming off a 131-117 win against Atlanta. In comparison, Indiana has dropped three out of their last four games, including their most recent loss on Wednesday against Charlotte, 116-108.

Keys To Bulls Getting Sixth Straight Win

Guard Bigs of Turner and Sabonis

With Malcolm Brogdon being out on Friday, the Indiana Pacers will lean on the stars of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis against the Chicago Bulls. In the first matchup of the season series, Turner shot 55.5%, and Sabonis shot 57.1% from the field in their blowout win against the Bulls. While for the second matchup, both big men shot at least or below 50% from the field. With Turner shooting 50% and Sabonis’ shooting 29.4%.

So this means Chicago must control Turner and Sabonis, especially in the paint. Vucevic will have another busy day on defense, and expect Javonte Green to be involved as well.

Involve Coby White

No Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso being in the lineup Friday, that means Coby White must step up as the starter on Friday. Ever since the 1st half last Monday against Atlanta, Coby White has been playing faster and with confidence. White finished with his first double-double in the most previous game with 17 points and 12 assists.

White also started against the Pacers last Sunday but had 8 points shooting 30% from the field. Chicago’s record this season when Coby White scores at least 10 points is 5-0; remember that.

Injury Report

Bulls

PlayerStatusInjury
Marko SimonovicOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Ersan IllyasnovaOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Lonzo BallOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Alfonzo McKinnieOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Tony BradleyOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Alex CarusoOutFoot
Patrick Williams OutWrist

Pacers

PlayerStatusInjury
Isaiah JacksonOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Chris DuarteOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Malcolm BrogdonOutAchilles, NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Jeremy LambOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
T.J. McConnellOutRight Wrist
T.J. WarrenOutFoot

Hawks Have No Answers Against Bulls

Chicago has won eight games in their last ten games with this victory over the Hawks on Wednesday. Chicago got led by the duo of Zach Lavine with 25 points and DeMar DeRozan with 21 points. Trae Young finished with 26 points and couldn’t carry his team to win against the Bulls. Atlanta will get another chance to beat Chicago on January 24th.

Game Prediction

The Pacers will be missing Malcolm Brogdon 100% on Friday, but even if they have Brogdon, they aren’t going to beat this hot Bulls team. Chicago is motivated and wants to pick these wins against teams under .500. Expect Lavine and DeRozan to play great like usual, but Vucevic will pick up at least 20 points.

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