Coming off of their 109-107 win against the Porzingis-less Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the Bulls (21-40) look to keep the momentum going in the right direction as they hit the road to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-42).
Most notably, Minnesota will be without Karl-Anthony Towns (fractured left wrist) for this one, while Zach Lavine (sore left quad) has been ruled out and Lauri Markkanen (pelvis) is a game-time decision for the Bulls.
Keep Feeding Coby
Over the course of a lackluster season for the Bulls, one of the few bright spots has been the emergence of Coby White. White, who scored 19 points off of the bench Monday night against Dallas, is averaging over 28 ppg in the Bulls’ last 5 contests. The Bulls will need the recently named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February to keep his hot streak going in Minnesota.
Watch Coby’s highlights against the Mavericks here.
Defend and Attack the Boards
With Lavine out and Markkanen listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s game, the Bulls will have to rely heavily on their defense to carry them. Minnesota is coming off of a 139-134 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night which saw the T-Wolves score 44 points in the 2nd quarter and get 48 points from their bench. While the Bulls are the league leaders in steals per game (10.0) and the Timberwolves are in the bottom half of the league in turnovers per game (15.3), the scales pull even when looking at the rebounding. The Bulls rank last in defensive rebounding (31.5) and 29th in rebounding overall (42.0), while Minnesota ranks in the top 10 in offensive rebounds (10.6) and rounds out the top half of the league at 15th with 45.1 rpg.
The Bulls are at Minnesota tonight at 7p.m.
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