Five Things to Watch: Bulls' playoff push continues against Magic tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls' playoff push continues against Magic tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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1. Let's play two. With only two regular season games remaining on the schedule, it's do-or-die for the Bulls. Luckily or unluckily (still trying to figure it out), the combined record of the team's last two opponents is 48-112. Fred Hoiberg's team controls its own destiny, which should make things interesting against the Magic tonight and Nets in the finale. 

2. Turn back the clocks. Now would be a great time for March Mirotic to return. Nikola is shooting just 39 percent from the field in five April games, down a full 10 percent from March. For the Bulls to seal that playoff spot, Mirotic has to channel his scorching March alter ego. 

3. Dwyane Wade. There was some noise that the Bulls' offense functioned better when Wade wasn't playing. That's probably an overstatement, but there is something to be said about the movement that was being created without No. 3 on the floor. In his return, he scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds in 24 minutes. The Bulls need an efficient Wade to get back to winning. 

4. Check Elfrid Payton. The Magic haven't committed to Elfrid Payton as their point guard of the future, but the 2014 first-round pick has quietly had a nice two month stretch. Since the beginning of March, Payton is shooting over 50 percent and averaging over eight assists per game. Keeping Payton out of the lane will be big for the Bulls' defense, especially since he's not a three-point shooter. 

5. Take care of business. Sans Payton and Nikola Vucevic, the Magic are thin. Jimmy Butler and the Bulls should be able to run past them. Given the game is at the United Center should only help, too. These are the games you have to win, so let's see if Chicago will take care of business or continue to be an enigma. 

Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns


Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Something's got to give

What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.

2. Kris Dunn for real?

Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.

3. Watch out for Devin Booker

We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?


Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.