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Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Game Preview, injury report, lineups

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[Thanks to 'slowmotion' for today's game preview -yfbb]

Tonight's game features the Bulls (12-8) against the Nets (8-11) at 7pm CT in the United Center.

The Bulls are coming off a bad loss to the Warriors (18-2) that exposed the ongoing problem of this year's Bulls defense. After the loss, Taj Gibson reported that the players are "not trusting each other right now" on defense, and Joakim Noah added that the Bulls are "not where we need to be, and that's in every area on the defensive end." Joakim Noah plans to sit out tonight to rest his sprained ankle, but the defense will be something to keep an eye on in this game and as the season moves forward.

The Nets come off of a blowout loss to Cleveland (13-7), and seem demoralized as a team. Trade rumors swirl around Deron Williams as a rebuild looms over the team after another disappointing start to the season.

Starters Brook Lopez (back) and Joe Johnson (flu) are out tonight and backup center Mirza Teletovic is questionable. How do the Nets think they fare with such a thin frontcourt?

Look for the Bulls to exploit Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in tonight's matchup.


BULLS PROBABLE STARTERS:

F MIKE DUNLEAVY: 10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.65 spg, 30.7 mpg

F TAJ GIBSON: 12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg, 0.7 spg, 28.2 mpg

C PAU GASOL: 20.1 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.82 bpg, 0.65 spg, 36.0 mpg

G JIMMY BUTLER: 21.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.50 spg, 39.9 mpg

G DERRICK ROSE: 15.6 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.2 rpg, 0.50 spg, 27.0 mpg


NETS PROBABLE STARTERS:

F ALAN ANDERSON: 4.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.5 apg, 19.1 mpg

F MIRZA TELETOVIC: 10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 24.5 mpg

C KEVIN GARNETT: 7.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 23.6 mpg

G BOJAN BOGDANOVIC: 9.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 30.3 mpg

G DERON WILLIAMS: 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.5 apg, 36.5 mpg


Betting line: Chicago Bulls are favored by 11

Per the Bulls' media guide, "Chicago has scored 100 or more points in six straight games and has averaged 108.8 ppg over that stretch."

Let's hope to see those Big Mac signs in tonight's game. Go Bulls!