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Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The Chicago Bulls are not off to a great start on their three-game road trip and will try to salvage the finale when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Monday. The Bulls are losers of three straight overall and seven of their last nine with the offense struggling for consistent production from anyone other than guard Zach LaVine.

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Chicago finally hit the century mark after averaging 92 points in a pair of losses but could not hit the big shots or make the right plays down the stretch in a 107-103 setback at Portland on Friday. "The wins will come," Bulls coach Jim Boylen told reporters. "Wins are always good, but we're building this thing. We've got the blocks being laid. I liked our effort tonight, I liked our togetherness, and I liked our competitiveness." The Kings are coming off a big win after battling from 17 down to force overtime before knocking off Denver 100-97 at home on Saturday. Sacramento is riding a five-game winning streak at home and got a season-high 30 points from small forward Harrison Barnes in Saturday's triumph.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBATV, NBCS Chicago-plus, NBCS California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE BULLS (6-14): Chicago moved some pieces around due to injury on Friday and pushed Kris Dunn into the starting lineup, giving the team an extra ball handler alongside LaVine and Tomas Satoransky. Dunn delivered nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds in 29 minutes but also committed a team-high five turnovers. "Once the fourth quarter hits, we have to pay attention to detail more, rebounding, getting stops," Dunn told reporters. "But if we move the ball like we did tonight, good things will start happening. There's three more quarters (of the season) left; it could change like that."

ABOUT THE KINGS (8-10): Barnes is averaging 16.7 points but is picking up his pace of late and pushed that number to 22.5 points on 56 percent shooting over the last four games. Barnes' uptick in production is helping the team survive a slump from leading scorer Buddy Hield, who is 16-of-44 from the floor, including 6-of-25 from beyond the arc, in two games since exploding for 41 points and knocking down a franchise-record 11 3-pointers at Boston last Monday. Both wings are awaiting the return of point guard De'Aaron Fox, who sat out the last nine games with a sprained ankle and has yet to advance past shooting drills in practice.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Chicago SF Chandler Hutchinson (shoulder contusion) will miss his second straight game.

2. Kings PF Richaun Holmes collected 13 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday for his sixth double-double.

3. Sacramento took both meetings last season, including a 129-102 drubbing at home.

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Last Injuries

Sacramento Kings

  • Cory Joseph

    Back
    Prob Fri | probable

    Joseph is expected to suit up against the Knicks on Friday despite lower-back soreness.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Bogdanovic is likely to suit up against the Thunder on Wednesday despite a right knee contusion.

  • Cory Joseph

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Joseph is projected to be available for Wednesday's tilt against the Thunder despite a sore lower back.

  • Marvin Bagley III

    Thumb
    Prob Wed | probable

    Bagley III is sidelined due to a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb, but he is expected to return to action Wednesday against the Thunder.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Bogdanovic has a right knee contusion, but he is expected to play Monday against the Rockets.

  • Cory Joseph

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Joseph is expected to take part in Monday's matchup with the Rockets despite lower-back soreness.

  • Cory Joseph

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Joseph is tending to lower-back soreness, but he is expected to take the court against the Mavericks on Sunday.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bogdanovic is nursing a right knee contusion, but he is expected to play versus the Mavericks on Sunday.

Chicago Bulls

  • Chandler Hutchison

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    Hutchison is sidelined with a right shoulder sprain and an illness. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Otto Porter Jr.

    Foot
    Early Jan | out

    Porter is sidelined with a left foot fracture. He is expected to miss an additional four weeks.

  • Zach LaVine

    Shoulder
    Prob Fri | probable

    LaVine is battling a right shoulder strain, but he is projected to be in Friday's lineup versus the Hornets.

  • Tomas Satoransky

    Toe
    Prob Fri | probable

    Satoransky is nursing turf toe on his left foot, but it is not expected to impede his status for Friday's matchup with the Hornets.

  • Denzel Valentine

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Valentine is expected to play Friday against the Hornets despite lingering soreness from a previous ankle surgery.

  • Ryan Arcidiacono

    Elbow
    Prob Fri | probable

    Arcidiacono is dealing with a right elbow sprain, but it is anticipated that he will face the Hornets on Friday.

  • Kris Dunn

    Knee
    Prob Fri | probable

    Dunn has patellar tendinitis in his right knee, but he is projected to line up versus the Hornets on Friday.

  • Wendell Carter Jr.

    Abdominal
    Prob Fri | probable

    Carter is likely to suit up against the Hornets on Friday despite a left abdominal surgery, tailbone contusion and a head contusion.