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Bulls vs. Wizards game preview and thread: Chicago still looking for first win of the season

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the first same-trip back-to-back as the Bulls head to Washington DC

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Despite playing their best game so far in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls still couldn’t get themselves into the win column. They were up nine in the final four minutes and seemed prime for their first victory of the year. But a chaotic final minute, culminating with a game winning three-pointer by Damion Lee with 2.3 seconds left, left Chicago with the loss and an 0-3 record.

The loss has the Bulls as one of three teams with an 0-3 record and one of four who haven’t won at all this season. Luckily for them, they get to face one of those winless teams today.

The Washington Wizards have had a big offseason as they traded longtime fan favorite John Wall to Houston in exchange for Russell Westbrook. With the addition of Deni Avdija in the draft, Bradley Beal will have some new teammates to work with this season. They started off with a 113-107 loss to the 76ers despite 31 from Beal and a triple double from Westbrook. Then followed back to back losses to the Orlando Magic this past weekend where another triple double by Westbrook on Saturday and 29 from Beal on Sunday wasn’t enough for them to pull out a win.

Like the game against Indiana was going to be a test for Chicago’s frontcourt, this one against the Wizards will like that for the backcourt. Both Coby White and Zach LaVine have had their share of defensive struggles, so facing off against the duo of Westbrook and Beal will be something to watch for.

Injury Report:

Lauri Markkanen is listed as questionable with a lower left leg contusion. This injury forced him to miss the final minutes against Golden State on Sunday. Thaddeus Young is being listed as available to play for the first time this season. He has missed all of the pre-season and the first three games with a lower leg infection. It’s not clear if he’ll actually get minutes.

Washington will be missing big man Rui Hachimura as he is out with an eye injury. Two-way player Cassius Winston is also out as well.

Game Time: 6PM CT

Odds: Washington opened as a four and a half point favorite, but has shifted all the way to a six and a half point favorite. You can also find Washington (-6) at some places as well. The over/under is set at 237.5 (all via the Action Network).