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Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview: entertainment provided by the opponent

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Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Chicago Bulls (9-14) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (11-12)

A sobering reminder from YFBB’s latest: After purge in the front office and on the coaching staff. Optimism about the future for the first time in years. Luck in the lottery. And the end result? The Bulls are in exactly the same spot that they have been in for the last three or four years: the bottom of the NBA.

Tankathon.com, a website most Bulls fans probably have pinned to their homepage by now, reveals if the season ended tonight the Bulls would finish with the fifth-worst record in the Association.

Tonight, the Bulls could get an advanced look at Lonzo Ball, who has been swirling in trade speculation lately. Ball hasn’t lived up to his draft position early on in his career. The Bulls really could use a true point guard and Ball could offer them that skillset if he ended up in Chicago...

Lonzo has picked up his play recently, perhaps in response to the rumors. The Pelicans are currently riding a 4-game win streak, including a shellacking of the Rockets last night. So the Bulls have more rest, but they can’t look to beat anybody right now, including the Russell Westbrook-less Washington Wizards who were also on the second night of their back-to-back.Consider them underdogs against a mediocre team in their own building again tonight.

Even if the Bulls lay another egg, at least we get to watch Zion Williamson. In last night’s Pelicans win he had 20 points on 10 FGA in only twenty minutes as he was limited by foul trouble. Tonight, rookie Patrick Williams gets the starting assignment of slowing Zion.

Injury Report:

For the Bulls, everybody is injured per usual. Our boy Cristiano Felicio played over nine minutes in each of the last two games because there are so many injuries in the frontcourt for the Bulls. Chandler Hutchison hasn’t played significant minutes since Jan. 23 citing personal reasons.

The Pelicans injury sheet looks pristine, might be a factor in why they’re winning again.

Game Time: NBC Sports Chicago; 8:00 p.m. CDT