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Thursday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 18 vs Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls Advanced Statistics

ORTG: 110.5

DRTG: 115.0

NET: -4.5

Top Headline: Are the Bulls Better Without Zach LaVine?

There is a growing discussion regarding the Chicago Bulls potentially making some changes before the trade deadline. Given the value of key players like Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine, and DeMar DeRozan in the market, it would make sense for the franchise to invest in the future by acquiring draft picks. This strategic move would help them build for the long term. Additionally, considering Lonzo Ball's absence throughout the season due to injury, his presence could have potentially altered the team's performance and overall narrative.

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With LaVine injured, Torrey Craig and Jevon Carter, both veterans, will assume crucial roles in the Bulls' rotation. Their inclusion in the team was primarily due to their exceptional defensive abilities and occasional proficiency in outside shooting. A significant narrative to watch out for in Chicago will be whether these new additions can maintain their pivotal positions in the rotation and contribute towards propelling the team into the playoffs.

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