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Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics game preview and LIVE OPEN THREAD

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Chicago Bulls (5-1) at Boston Celtics (2-4)

The Chicago Bulls are legit, and some fans don’t know what to do.

The Bulls notched their first signature regular-season win of the 2021-2022 season with a gritty 107-99 win against the previously undefeated Utah Jazz. The Bulls are one DeMar DeRozan airball away from being undefeated, have honored team legends Joakim Noah and Toni Kukoc in back-to-back games at the United Center, and have multiple All-Star level players on their team and a guy in Lonzo Ball who is making a legitimate early-season case for an All-NBA Defensive First Team selection.

Things are going really well in Chicago right now as your Chicago Bulls are tied for the best record in the entire NBA. RIP to tankathon.com site visits though as surely half their daily traffic came from Bulls fans checking the tanking standings over the last four years.

Profusely knocking on wood, but really the only clunker so far this season has been the Patrick Williams season-ending injury

The schedule is also kind of a bummer over the next couple weeks. They play Philly twice before embarking on that infamous West Coast road trip for five games and then come back to the United Center to play the Knicks again. The easiest games in that stretch looks like a Nov. 10 matchup against the Dallas Mavericks and the game the Bulls have tonight.

The Bulls next opponent is the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are off to a rough 2-4 start, coming off a double-OT loss to the Wizards on Saturday Night where they shot a ghastly 2/24 from three.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum headline the Celtics roster that looks somewhat similar to prior seasons, but they lost some firepower as both Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier now both play on the New York Knicks. Dennis Schroeder was signed from the bargain bin and has put in a few clunkers. Marcus Smart was expected to raise his role in the offense and has a PER of 6.0

Are the Celtics better than what their 2-4 record to start the season indicates? Probably. Are they better than the Bulls right now? Absolutely not. Bulls by a billion.

Injury Report:

As we know, Bulls are missing Patrick Williams and Coby White for the foreseeable future, while Zach LaVine is playing through pain.

The Celtics injury sheet is totally clean. Robert Williams was out last game due to illness but is also no longer on the injury report.

Game time: 6:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago