Basketball

DeRozan, Bulls Take On Beal, Wizards

DeMar DeRozan will hope to stay hot against the Wizards.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls on the court during the fourth quarter in the game against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on December 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

DeMar DeRozan and the Bulls will look to start the new year with a win against the Wizards. On New Year’s Eve, Chicago won against the Pacers by a DeRozan buzzer-beater. While Washington two nights ago, they got their win against the Cavaliers to get back above .500.

Keys to Bulls Getting Win

Get All Starters In Double-Digits

You can’t expect DeRozan and Lavine to score above 30 points every game. DeRozan shot 33%, missing 16 shots, and Lavine shot 41.7%, missing 10 against Indiana yesterday. In December, all Chicago starters scored in double-digits in two games. Those two games were results of wins against the Hawks, 131-117, and the Nuggets, 109-97.

Yes, the Bulls were dealing with COVID for the half of December and had games postponed, but when all starters scored in double-digits, the Bulls record is perfect at 3-0. When everybody is involved, Chicago will win games.

Contain Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal is one of the Wizards’ main reasons for being in the playoff picture with an 18-17 record. Beal averages 23.5 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds this season. Washington’s record when Beal scores above 30 points are 2-1. Also, the 6.0 assists are the highest in his career since he is giving the ball up, especially to solid scorers of Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Daniel Gafford.

With no Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso not being 100% if he plays, that means the guards must step up against Beal. Remember, the last time Beal scored below 20 points, they lost against the Denver Nuggets. Must stop Beal to get a good chance of winning tonight.

Get LaVine back on track early

Last night, LaVine made seven shots shooting 41.2%. The last LaVine shot below 45% was on December 8th in a loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LaVine should bounce back tonight, but he should get early shots in the game to find his rhythm back. When LaVine scores at least 30 points, Chicago has a 7-3 record.

Injury Report

Bulls

PlayerStatusInjury
Alex CarusoQuestionableNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Javonte DoubtuflRight Adductor Strain
Lonzo BallOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Marko SimonovicOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Ersan IlyasovaOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Alfonzo McKinnieOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Tony BradleyOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Patrick WilliamsOutWrist

Wizards

PlayerStatusInjury
Davis BertansOutIllness
Brad WanamakerOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Spencer DinwiddieOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Rui HachimuraOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Montrezl HarrellOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Aaron HolidayOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Thomas BryantOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols
Raul NetoOutNBA’s Health and Safety Protocols

Game Prediction

Chicago will start the new year 1-0 and return home Monday feeling great. The Bulls are still hot even after struggling last night; they found a way to win by a fantastic buzzer-beater by DeMar DeRozan to finish the 2021 year. These Bulls won’t struggle shooting for a second straight day. Great news that Caruso traveled with the team and might play tonight against the Wizards to add depth.

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