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The Bulls are looking good lately in their last two wins. Yes it’s against bad and/or absence-heavy opponents, but remember the last game before the deadline saw them losing to an injury-ravaged Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bulls are obviously a new team now post-deadline. And when fully healthy, Billy Donovan has quickly figured out a 10-man rotation (the injured Garrett Temple being the 10th, Donovan only played 9 last night) that’s a markedly better team. Certainly much more competent than the group that were blown out by these same Atlanta Hawks way back on opening night.

The Hawks are a bit different too, mostly in coaching as Atlanta has gone 13-5 since elevating Nate McMillan to the head chair. That run has elevated them into a three-way tie for 4th in the conference, though that is merely 4 games ahead of the Bulls.

So this game will be another measuring stick for these Bulls, and fortunately they are racking up the schedule ‘luck’ (in quotes because mass absences is going to happen for nearly every game and with the Bulls too eventually) to make things a little easier. But it’ll still be impressive if they can get another W in a back-to-back here, no apologies.

Injury Report:

So here is the problem for the Hawks: John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish are all out. Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari are questionable.

For the Bulls, still just Garrett Temple on the injury report.

Game Time: 7pm central, NBC Sports Chicago