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Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers: Game Preview, Injury Report, and Open Thread

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Pacers are going for the season sweep

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (21-41) vs. Indiana Pacers (37-25)

NBC Sports Chicago; 7:00 p.m.

Injury Report:

No Zach LaVine again, and (for some reason) Denzel Valentine remains a starter while Otto Porter and Coby White come off the bench. Both Wendell Carter and Lauri Markkanen are starting and should see their minutes increase. Out of nowhere, Ryan Arcidiacono wound up questionable.

For the Pacers, it’s a long list but not updated since yesterday. Maybe they take it easy tonight and rest guys because it’s the Bulls (and despite protestations, these games are definitely NOT important -yfbb)

The Last Time:

The Bulls best opportunity to beat their division rival was Nov. 3 when the Pacers were missing Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, and Domantas Sabonis simultaneously. JaKarr Sampson started that game but the Pacers still beat the Bulls 108-95.

The Bulls have had two other games against the Pacers this season. In both of them, Indiana was closer to full strength and predictably won both games.

Here’s why you should spend your Friday night tuning into a Pacers and Bulls game.

  • This weekend is going to be beautiful with highs of 48 degrees on Saturday and a darn-right tropical 57 degrees on Sunday. Those are the days and nights to be out-and-about. Tonight, it’s going to be blustery and in the 30s. Wrap yourself in a blanket and watch the Bulls.
  • Bulls fans are more nostalgic than most other fanbases, maybe because the present kind of sucks. Stroll down memory lane with Doug McDermott, Justin Holiday, and JaKarr Sampson all representing the Pacers tonight.
  • After a loss two nights ago against the Minnesota Timberwolves, head coach Jim Boylen questioned the Bulls toughness. 1). how do the Bulls respond 2). Boylen press conferences are always a reason to tune into the game although I guess you can get the gist of it from Twitter.
  • Most everybody is bored by the Bulls with about 20 games to go. But I swear to goodness, those same people are going to be complaining that there is no Bulls basketball to watch come July. So enjoy it while you have it.