Tonight on CSN: Lopez, Bulls square off against Nets

Tonight on CSN: Lopez, Bulls square off against Nets

Watch as the Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets 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. Stringing together wins. The Bulls haven't strung together consecutive victories since Dec. 8 and 10, and that marked the first time they had done so since Nov. 15 and 17. But on Wednesday they've got a prime opportunity to get back there, facing a Nets team that has lost their last 11 games on the road. You have to go back to Nov. 12 to find their last road victory (against the Suns). They're 1-14 on the road.

2. But beware the Nets. It's true Brooklyn is much, much better at home (7-8) than on the road (1-14), but they're coming off perhaps their best victory of the year, an overtime win over the Hornets. They also played the Warriors well for a half last week, so there's reason to believe Kenny Atkinson's group is at least getting a little better.

3. Will Taj Gibson ever miss again? Taj Gibson is in some kind of rhythm offensively. In his last five games he's averaging 13.0 points on 54.5 percent shooting, while scoring double-digit figures in each. Gibson is shooting a career-best 54 percent from the field on nearly a career-high 10.1 shots per game (he attempted 10.9 in 2013-14). He'll get a weak Nets interior he should be able to expose early and often.

4. Getting back to .500. Losing five of six pushed the Bulls below .500 for the first time all year, but they can get back to 16-16 with a win over the Nets. For what it's worth, at this time last year the Bulls were 20-12 and were in the midst of a six-game winning streak. They finished the year 22-28 and miss the postseason.

5. Stopping Robin Lopez. There's not much going right for Brooklyn these days, but Brook Lopez has been incredible of late. The brother of Bulls center Robin, Brook has averaged 22.1 points on 51 percent shooting, 1.3 triples, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in his last seven games. The 3-pointers have come out of nowhere; after making three 3-pointers in his first eight years combined, Lopez has made 51 shots from deep this year (at a respectable 36 percent clip).

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Report: Bulls looking to move up in NBA Draft for Bamba or Jackson

Report: Bulls looking to move up in NBA Draft for Bamba or Jackson

The Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings flipped a coin to determine which team gets two different sets of numbers for NBA Draft Lottery. The Bulls won, but their set of numbers landed them the seventh overall pick. Meanwhile, the Kings won overall landing the second overall pick.

While the coin toss and lottery didn't work in their favor, the Bulls could be taking matters into their own hands and are looking to climb the draft order. According to a report from Jonathan Givony of ESPN, the Bulls are "exploring the possibility of moving up to No. 4 or No. 5".

Bulls fans have been enamored with Michael Porter Jr., but Givony says the Bulls are looking for a big man to pair alongside Lauri Markkanen like Mo Bamba or Jaren Jackson Jr.

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The seventh overall pick has been kind to the Bulls in the past, netting the team players like Kirk Hinrich and more recently, Markkanen (who was technically drafted by the Timberwolves but was a part of the trade for Jimmy Butler on draft night).

Now, Markkanen is the centerpiece of the Bulls plans as they build for the future. After Bamba's workout with the Bulls, NBC Sports Chicago Bulls insider Vincent Goodwill noted the Texas big man could be the best fit alongside Markkanen and Bamba agreed.

“I think Lauri and I, we're in a sense ... the front court of the future,” Bamba said. “I mean, he can step out and really shoot it really well. That gives me a lot of room to operate down low and start to develop.”

NBA Draft night could once again shape up to be an exciting night for Bulls fans.

Make sure to follow Bulls Talk, insider Vincent Goodwill and Mark Strotman for all the latest news surrounding the NBA Draft. Goodwill and Strotman will be at the Advocate Center, the Bulls Draft headquarter providing extensive coverage.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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