Will the Chicago Bulls take Ben Gordon in the post? I kind of doubt we'll see that more than once or twice. However, assuming Richard Hamilton plays, the Bulls will have the tall side of the Rip vs Gordon matchup for the first time.
Chicago just pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat last night, and as such, they'll have plenty to work on tonight to right the ship and get back to winning comfortably rather than hoping Derrick Rose drains three straight triples again.
The Pistons trot out a guard heavy lineup that doesn't mesh all that well together and should pose relatively little challenge to the Bulls. Their best shot at a victory is hot shooting, but the laws of averages will be against them as they don't have the size or skill to to consistently compete with Chicago.
Keys to the game
Simply don't beat yourself
The easiest way to lose to a junk team is to make a multitude of mistakes combined with hot shooting by the opponent. If Chicago maintains their fundamental defense and keeps turnovers under control then they should easily get past Detroit.
Push the pace of the game
Chicago has much better finishers than Detroit, so a fast paced game is likely to benefit the Bulls as they'll convert more of their break opportunities.
Cover up the three point line on the shooters
Ben Gordon and Brandon Rush are shooting over 40% from the three point line on a good volume of attempts. The Bulls need to keep track of these two and run them off the three point line, particularly in the corner.
Don't lay off
With this the second of a four games in five night stretch, Chicago should look to crush Detroit early and earn some rest for the starters. Detroit's a team that has no business hanging around the Bulls, so come in, get focused, do what you need to build the lead, and get out of the building with a win.