The Bulls finish up the road trip in Sacramento, a game which ordinarily would be an automatic win. However, with Derrick Rose's status for the game unknown, the outcome becomes more intriguing.
C.J. Watson stepped up big against the Nuggets, but it's probably not reasonable to expect another massive scoring outburst from Watson. The Kings, as a team, aren't particularly good, and if the Bulls play solid defense then they should be able to get the win any way.
For the purpose of this preview, I'm going to assume Derrick Rose is out, because a healthy Rose should make this a near automatic win.
Keys to the game
Play with the same energy against Sacramento as against Denver. This won't be an easy task as the team is playing it's fourth game in five nights and is short handed, perhaps missing Gibson and Rose on top of Boozer. However, the Bulls need to scrap and hustle to win without their two best shot creators and two of their top three interior players.
Play fundamental basketball. The margin for error without the best offensive players on the team is low, so the Bulls can't afford to give up possessions on turnovers or allow second chance points. The Kings aren't a great defensive rebounding team, but they are a strong offensive rebounding team, so the Bulls need to focus on the defensive glass.
Know your personnel. Only Caspi and Garcia are shooting threes with any volume or accuracy for the Kings, so make sure to get a hand in their face, but play the drive for the other Kings.
Knock down your shots. Kyle Korver, I'm looking at you. As a team, the Bulls did a quality job of finding open looks against the Nuggets, but they didn't do a great job of knocking them down. Korver in particular was bad, but the team as a whole shot 20% from the three point line and 39.8% from the field.
If Rose can't go, this game will be a very stiff test for the Bulls. They're finishing up a long road trip, the rotation is shortened due to injuries, they are missing their two best offensive creators, and they are coming off an emotional loss. A win tonight would be a tremendous boost for the team as well as giving them their first winning record on this road trip since the Jordan era.