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Bulls vs. Raptors preview, Wendell Carter Jr. makes his preseason debut

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Two games remain on Chicago’s preseason schedule, who are coming off three games in five days, having lost all three. The Bulls rested their key rotation players against the Indiana Pacers, who figure to play Sunday in Toronto, also making it Wendell Carter Jr.’s preseason debut. The Bulls figured regular season starting lineup of Carter, Markkanen, Porter, LaVine, and Satoransky will be the starters tonight.

A lot has been made through the first three preseason games about the Bulls renewed offense and the battle at point guard. The former is a trend that we want to see continue versus the Raptors as a sign of continuity.

As for the latter, it seems as though head coach Jim Boylen has all but solidified the decision about who will be the starting point guard opening night. Now the question is, who will be the primary backup? After another rough outing Friday night from Kris Dunn, and a second straight strong performance from Coby White, it could be an uphill battle for the former top five pick.

However that shakes out, the optimism and excitement about the Bulls upcoming season is growing, even ESPN’s Zach Lowe is getting in on the fun with his latest League Pass rankings.

The opponent:

The defending NBA champions are playing at home for the first time since being crowned the NBA’s best. Toronto is coming off two games against the Houston Rockets for the NBA’s Japan games last week. The Raptors split the two games against the Rockets with a 134-129 win and a 111-118 loss.

For tonight’s contest the Raptors will be sitting Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Fred VanVleet, and Norman Powell because of the quick turnaround from the Japan games.

Toronto obviously made headlines this summer with the departure of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (and to a lesser extent Danny Green), but they still figure to be near the top of the Eastern Conference this season. With most of the roster from last season’s championship intact, the hope is that Pascal Siakam can continue his rise this season and become the franchise’s centerpiece.

Game Time: 5 PM CT

TV: NBC Sports Chicago