Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls Game Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls Game Preview

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Cleveland couldn't stop the Kings from taking advantage of them on Monday and will hope to snap their little skid before it becomes a streak. After a nice win over the slumping Raptors, the Cavs fell back into old tendencies and failed to get many stops on D. De'Aaron Fox, and Richaun Holmes led a constant attack that forgot to take possessions off. They even let the Kings find the defensive rhythm. Yikes.

Chicago gave just 19 minutes to Lauri Markkanen in Monday's loss to Utah, and there is a chance that he is traded in the next 48 hours. Nobody truly knows what will happen, as it is all speculation and sources leaking rumors. Woj and Zach Lowe will be on ESPN at 2:30 PM ET on Wednesday to talk about some of these 'rumors,' and more will become clear then. Will Markkanen be staying a Bull?

ODDS: The Bulls are favored over the Cavs by 5.5 points.

Cavs Seeking Road Win

It has been a weird year for Cleveland, now the #12 seed in the East. Rumors of GM Koby Altman have started to swirl on social media, though no move in that department is likely. He had to trade Kevin Porter Jr. to Houston after it became clear that things wouldn't work out. He managed to bring in Jarrett Allen for almost nothing.

The team was able to snag the pick that became Collin Sexton when they traded Kyrie, which became a franchise-altering move. They aren't winning with consistency, but Sexton is a budding star in the NBA, and his play this year has taken him to a level that not too many guys are at, the ability to score at will and take games over always being there.

The Bulls have been up and down this year, but the guy that will make or break things is All-Star Zach LaVine. Shut him down, Isaac Okoro.

Bulls Seeking Home Win

At 19-23, Chicago is right in the thick of the play-in tournament. With rumors of Indiana trying to trade Malcolm Brogdon and slide Caris LeVert to PG, the team could endure further growing pains. That could be just the in that the Bulls have been looking for, even if it's not much.

Coby White has been disappointing with his lack of consistency this year, to the point that he is now coming off the bench. They made a gutsy call by taking Patrick Williams out of Florida State at #4, but he has proven to be worth it. He's shown flashes of greatness during his rookie year in the Windy City.

As the Bulls seek their twentieth win of the season, they should be grateful to have a coach like Billy Donovan that the players like and can relate to. Last year was a dumpster fire.

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