Chuck's Daily Check In - 1.22.20

Chuck Previews Tonight's Matchup vs. The Timberwolves
Zach LaVine celebrating
by Chuck Swirsky

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GAME NIGHT FROM THE UNITED CENTER:

Minnesota: (15-28, 9-13 on the road) at Bulls: (16-29, 9-14 at home)

TV: NBCSC: Neil Funk and Stacey King: 7PM.
RADIO: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, and David Schuster: 6:45 CT pre.

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 25 ppg. Minnesota: Towns: 26ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Markkanen: 6 per. Minnesota: Towns: 8 per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5 per. Minnesota: Napier 4.

PREVIEW: The Bulls find themselves in a place where they can make inroads in the Eastern Conference standings by virtue of a schedule that is conducive toward winning.

Five of the Bulls next six games are against teams under .500 and it starts tonight against Minnesota. The T-Wolves are all about developing players. Playoffs are not in the picture. We know what Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are capable of doing. Young players such as Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie are in the mix as the T-Wolves move forward. Veteran Robert Covington (Proviso West) may be used in a trade as Minnesota looks to collect young assets.

Minnesota attempts nearly 92 field goals per game, third-most in the NBA but shoot only 43.2%, 29th in the Association. Minnesota also attempts the third most three-point field goals (39) and are shooting near a league-low 32% (29th). Minnesota can score, averaging 111 points per game but allows 114.

Zach LaVine played his first three seasons in Minnesota (206 games) and has come into his own as a member of the Bulls at 24 years young. He's averaging 25 points per game and has established himself as an elite scorer in the NBA. A positive sign for the Bulls has been the play of veteran Thaddeus Young who drilled four three-point field goals against the Bucks. Kris Dunn nailed three three-point field goals against the Bucks as he registered a 15-5-2, and 3 steals game.

Zach LaVine

24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:


Los Angeles Clippers 110, Dallas 107: A devastating storyline for the Mavs...Dwight Powell is expected to have suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles' tendon according to Yahoo Sports. Kawhi Leonard with 36-11-2 for the Clippers. Luka Doncic had 36-10-9 for the Mavs.

The long-awaited NBA debut of Zion Williamson has arrived as the NBA's number one overall pick tonight will lead his Pelicans against the Spurs.

Thanks for reading CCI. Reach out: cswirsky@bulls.com or Twitter @ctsbulls

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