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Bulls-Wizards preview

The basics: Chicago (32-38) at Washington (16-55). The Bulls are 11-26 on the road (ugh), while the Wizards are 11-24 at home (double ugh). Advanced stuff: Chicago is currently ranked 20th in Offensive Efficiency (104.1 points per 100 possessions) and 18th in Defensive Efficiency (105.5 points give up per 100 possessions). Washington is ranked 26th […]

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Celtics-Bulls preview

The Basics: Boston (50-17) at Chicago (30-37). The Celtics are 23-11 on the road, while the Bulls are 20-11 at home. Advanced stuff: Boston is ranked 5th in Offensive Rating (scoring 110.6 points per 100 possessions) and 1st in Defensive Rating: (giving up 101.5 points per 100 possessions). Chicago is rankled 20th (106.9) and 17th (108.2), respectively. So, in addition […]

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Bucks-Bulls preview

The basics: Milwaukee (29-35) at Chicago (28-34). The Bucks are 11-23 on the road and Bulls are 18-11 at home. Advanced stuff: Milwaukee ranks 18th in Offensive Rating (107.3) and 14th in Defensive Rating (107.6). Chicago ranks 20th (106.8) and 17th (108.2), respectively. So science tells us that neither team is very good, but the Bucks are just a teentsy-weentsy bit […]

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Bulls-Bobcats preview

The basics: Chicago (27-33) at Charlotte (25-35). The Bulls are 10-22 on the road, while the Bobcats are 16-15 at home. Advanced stuff: Chicago’s Offensive Rating is 106.9 (19th of 30) and their Defensive Rating is 108.5 (17th of 30). Charlotte’s O-Rating is only so-so at 103.8 (27th of 30), but their D-Rating is 105.9 (8th of 30). The season series: […]

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Magic-Bulls preview

The basics: Orlando (41-14) at Chicago (25-31). The Bulls are 15-11 at home and the Magic are 19-8 on the road. The season series: Currently 2-0, advantage Magic. The Bulls lost 96-93 on November 3 in Orlando and 113-94 on December 31 in Chicago. The stakes: The Bulls are one and a half games behind […]

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Bulls-Bucks preview

The basics: Chicago (23-30) at Milwaukee (27-29). The stakes: Believe it or not, despite a season full of underachievement and wacky drama, the Bulls are 10th in the Eastern Conference…a mere two and a half games behind the eighth-place Bucks (27-29). So winning this game would go a long way toward The Stampede to the […]

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Heat-Bulls: Some thoughts

The basics: Miami (27-24) at Chicago (23-29). Trends of note: The Heat have lost five of seven while the Bulls have won five of seven. Miami is 10-15 on the road this season and Chicago is 14-10 at home. Dwyane Wade (28.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 7.0 APG) has been playing like an MVP all […]

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Bulls-Rockets: The blastoff preview

(Yes, that’s Derrick Rose staring at the JumboTron while Vinny’s talking…) When Baron Davis and Marcus Camby made their return against the Bulls last week, I noted that NBA teams like to ease their stars back into action in home games versus lesser opponents. Therefore it’s not too surprising that Tracy McGrady — not-so-affectionately known as […]

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Bulls-Kings: The Royal Preview

Mel Brooks said it was good to be the king. But in today’s NBA, it’s even better to be playing the Kings. The Sactowners (10-37) have the worst record in the Western Conference. Yes, worse than the Timberwolves, Thunder and even the Clippers. In fact, they’re a scant 0.013 percentage points better than the Washington […]

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Some thoughts on Bulls-Clippers

So we all know already that the Bulls’ next two games — against the beatable (read that: terrible) Clippers (10-34) and Kings (10-36) — are the team’s best (read that: only) chances to avoid returning home on February 10th (versus the Pistons) with an 11-game losing streak and a mob of angry fans rioting outside […]

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