Some how some way the Chicago Bulls are still in the playoff chase. Despite constantly losing against teams with a record greater than .500, Chicago has a chance to make the postseason thanks to winning two of their last three games. Chicago has done well in beating the teams with a worse or similar record to them. The early season slump against poor teams has seemed to be gone now and Chicago are racking up some wins because of it. A win tonight against the Kings would only further that season trend.
The Sacramento Kings are coming into this game in a massive slump. They have lost their last six games. Sacramento hasn’t won in two weeks and are currently in the middle of a five game road trip. They most recently lost to the Detroit Pistons thanks to 23 points by Christian Wood along with both Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson dropping 22. Defense has been a problem for the Kings in this losing streak. In the last four games they have given up an average of 123.5 points per game. They are unable to stop the ball and it’s hard to consistently match a team offensively when you are constantly giving up buckets each possession.
The Kings are one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. They sit tied for second to last with Minnesota, sitting five and a half games behind the Spurs for eighth. Unless they can turn it around quickly, their chances to make the postseason will only get tougher.
Fatigue could be another issue for the Kings so there could be opportunities for Chicago to catch them on the fast break. They are on a road trip and in a losing streak. Both Coby White and LaVine should embrace the opportunities to push the pace when they present themselves. Although they do have to be wary of the speed of De’Aaron Fox.
Injury Report: Shocking news today as the Bulls disclosed Lauri Markkanen has a ‘stress reaction’ in his pelvis and is now on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. That compounds the frontcourt problems already with Carter and Gafford still out.
For the Kings, their frontcourt is also coming in banged up, as both Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley are out for them. They also are making a lineup change with Bogdon Bogdanovic in the starting lineup and Buddy Hield sent to the bench.
Game Time: 7PM CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago