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Bulls vs. Bucks game preview, lineups, start time: up to United Center north

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[Thanks to Swoove for today's game preview. I'm getting kind of tired already of the Bulls' NFL-esque injury report considering they can't get the story straight themselves. But it's looking like both Rose and Noah are out again. Also, Jimmy Butler will probably play but has a new injury. As Thibs says: We'll see! -yfbb]

The season is young, but the Chicago Bulls have raced off to a good start with a 3-1 record, the lone loss coming at the hands of LeBron and the Cavaliers. Bulls rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic have shown a natural ability to put the orange ball into the orange ring; turns out Pau Gasol is a shot-blocking machine (who knew?); Kirk Hinrich built a time machine that travels back to 2007. This is all without mentioning Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, who sat out yesterday's contest against the Orlando Magic with both ankle sprains and illness respectively. It's interesting to note that the Bulls are 1-1 with Derrick in the line-up [at New York and versus Cleveland], and 2-0 when he has sat [at Minnesota and versus Orlando]. However, the team has played well with or without Derrick, as guys like Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Mike Dunleavy have kept the ship steady.

The Bucks have also started the season well as they are seated 2nd in the Central Division with a record of 2-2. Chicago native and Simeon alum Jabari Parker has shined in Milwaukee, and seems to be fitting in well. The Bucks have proven so far they are capable of winning games in crunch time, as shown in games against the Sixers and Pacers. But talented teams like the Wizards still give them fits. I'm still unclear what former Nets coach Jason Kidd really brings to this team, but they look better and more focused four games into his tenure than I have seen of any Bucks team since the days of Ray Allen and Michael Redd. Milwaukee is definitely a team to keep an eye on throughout this season and many more to come.

Regardless of if Rose or Noah play or not at the BMO Harris Bradley Center (a.k.a. 'United Center North'), I expect the Bulls to experiment further with different line-ups on the floor. Tony Snell might also see some significant time guarding Jabari; Snell of the regular season looks like a completely different player than Snell of the preseason. Milwaukee will look to use their outside shooting and size on the wings to create match-up problems and generate some form of offense against a legendary, stifling Tom Thibodeau defense.

Tonight will be the first of many more entertaining contests to come against these two teams. I think I might smell a rivalry brewing? Time to stir the pot.

Tip-off is 7:00PM CT, CSN-Chicago/Fox Sports Wisconsin and ESPN 1000AM