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Lakers at Bulls: 3 Things to Know (3/12/19)
Here is what you need to know before the Lakers tip off their road trip against the Chicago Bulls.
1) Welcome back, Andre
Act two begins now for Andre Ingram.
Eleven months after inspiring basketball fans across the world, the 11-year G Leaguer will get another opportunity in the NBA, as he signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers on Monday.
The undisputed G League 3-point king (with 215 more career triples than any other player), Ingram will look to bring some needed spacing to the Lakers.
If it’s anything like his two-game stint last year — when he had 19 points in his debut against Houston and six assists in the season finale versus the Clippers — it will be another incredible achievement for a part-time math tutor turned NBA player.
2) It’s a youth movement
While the 33-year-old Ingram may not be your typical NBA sophomore, the Lakers will be leaning on some more traditionally aged rookies in their frontcourt.
Moe Wagner is coming off the first start in NBA, and he made the most of his opportunity in Saturday’s loss to Boston, scoring a young career-high of 22 points. He showed a nose for the basket on cuts and post-ups, while mixing in a couple jumpers.
Meanwhile, two-way player Johnathan Williams continued to produce for the parent club with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double, which included six dunks.
(And there’s no forgetting LeBron James, who added to his triple-double collection with 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.)
3) Look out for the Bulls’ shooters
Chicago’s offense has been far from overwhelming this season, ranking just 29th in the NBA . Toss in the likely absence of an injured Zach LaVine — who has averaged 29.0 points in his last eight games — and the Bulls’ scoring need intensifies.
But their forward spots are manned by two players who can fill the bucket from deep.
Lauri Markkanen ranks third among big men in 3-pointers (2.4) and can catch fire in a hurry. New import Otto Porter Jr. has increased his production in Chicago, hitting 49.2 percent of his triples while reaching 30 points twice in 12 games.
The Bulls may have the league’s fourth-worst record, but the Lakers have struggled to take care of business against lower opponents this year. They’ll look to avoid another such blemish to start this roadie.
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (right ankle sprain), Lance Stephenson (left foot, second toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) are questionable. Brandon Ingram (right shoulder soreness) and Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain) are out.
Bulls: Zach LaVine (right patellar tendon strain) is doubtful. Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery), Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) and Denzel Valentine (left ankle surgery) are out.
Tip-Off: 5 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN and 1330 KWKW
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Location: United Center — Chicago, Illinois
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