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Bulls vs. Kings preview: Pau Gasol a game-time decision

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Pau Gasol could return as the Bulls look for their third win in a row and a possible jump to the seventh seed depending on the Pacers' outcome.

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For as bad and wacky as the Bulls; season has been, they somehow find themselves in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. But that speaks more to how bad the Eastern Conference is than to how good the Bulls are.

However, Chicago had a solid week of basketball as it went 3-1 with the only loss being the blowout against the Wizards, when John Wall ran right through a Bulls team that looked like it didn't want anything to do with the game of basketball. The wins over the Raptors, Nets, and Jazz put the Bulls at 35-33 overall. The Bulls are now just a half-game back of the Pacers for seventh. Crazy how the NBA works.

Secretly I'm praying for a Bulls-Raptors matchup in the playoffs because the Raptors always decide to play bad against Chicago. Also, with Toronto being only a game back of Cleveland for top spot in the East, the Bulls might be able to just get the eighth seed and have a solid chance of advancing to the second round. But then again, we are being highly optimistic.

Now let's get to the game. The Bulls play the Sacramento Kings (27-42) who are just a dumpster fire at this point. Sacramento had lost its last two games against the Pelicans and Detroit going into yesterday's game against the Knicks and were looking for better play. They got that in an 88-80 win over the Knicks in MSG. On paper this looks like an easy game for the Bulls, but we all know that doesn't matter even the slightest.

Let's also remember that these teams supposedly made a deal near the trade deadline. This could have easily been the "Pau Gasol reunion/revenge game." Speaking of Gasol, he is a game-time decision tonight with his knee injury. If he sits out again, Cristiano Felicio will get the nod.

This will be another time for Chicago fans to see DeMarcus Cousins, who is an absolute beast on the inside. Forget his attitude problems, this guy can ball. He is averaging 27.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game and will be a lot to handle for the Bulls' frontcourt, no matter who plays. If Gasol sits, it will be a monster test for Felicio, who actually has shown some nice things of late. Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis would likely also see time on the Kings big man.

The Kings have some solid players other than Cousins. Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo have shown potential in the past to be fantastic players but things just haven't come together for these guys in Sacramento. Darren Collison is also a solid backup for Rondo, and he always gave Derrick Rose trouble when Collison was with the Pacers a few years ago.

But like I said earlier, this team is a dumpster fire, worse than the Bulls. That's saying a lot. If the Bulls don't win this game it would be pathetic considering they need every win they can get during this playoff push. Although the Kings still do have an outside shot at finishing outside the top 10 of the draft...