Control the Boards
Another important aspect to winning in the NBA is how a team rebounds. The Bulls are not close to being among the league's biggest and/or physically strongest teams, but they are very athletic and long. The other night against Cleveland, a team that is considerably bigger than Chicago, the Bulls defeated the Cavs on glass, 57-51, including offensively, 13-10. All-in-all, Chicago outscored the Cavs 52-40 in the paint and 19-10 in second-chance opportunities. New Orleans is also physically bigger than Chicago, but not as athletically gifted, especially with Zion Williamson (right foot surgery) and possibly All-Star Brandon Ingram (right knee contusion) skipping tonight's contest. Ingram isn't a rebounder, but he sure can shoot if given the chance, or multiple chances. So, once again it's important for the Bulls this evening to work the glass hard. Doing so and succeeding will lead to good things such as fastbreaks and a barrage of open court dunks and easy scores.