Chicago Bulls: Preparing for winless Knicks at MSG

The Chicago Bulls will look to bounce back from their disappointing home opener tonight when they head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks.

After splitting games in Charlotte and Memphis, the Chicago Bulls’ offense looked brutal in a 108-84 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the home opener to fall to 1-2. Wendell Carter Jr. led the Bulls in scoring (12) and rebounding (11) while the team shot a combined 29.9 percent from the floor. The Bulls also committed 22 fouls sending the Raptors to the free-throw line 18 times where they converted 17.

The Bulls take on the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden fresh off a 118-95 home-opening loss to the Boston Celtics. The Knicks are 0-3 and played one close game with their rival, the Brooklyn Nets, and the rest have been double-digit losses. The Bulls went 1-2 last season against the Knicks, the only win coming in a 116-115 overtime win.

Zach LaVine is leading the Bulls with 21.7 points per game while Coby White has impressed off the bench. White leads all rookies in scoring at 16.7 points per game and is third on the team. White is also third on the team in minutes (26.7) while Tomas Satoransky (24.3) and Kris Dunn (23.0) aren’t far behind. Jim Boylen has played them all fairly, but White has been clearly the best scoring option.

Lauri Markkanen is averaging a double-double with 17.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He’s struggled the past two games after putting up 35 points and 17 rebounds in the season-opener versus Charlotte. Over the past two games, Markkanen has averaged 9 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Knicks rookie RJ Barrett scored 26 points Saturday against the Celtics and is averaging 21.0 points on 51 percent shooting so far. He has been one of the main weapons for New York as their guard situation is looking far worse than the Bulls. Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. combined for eight points versus the Celtics. Three different Knicks have led the team in scoring each game: Barrett, Marcus Morris Sr., and Allonzo Trier.

Chandler Hutchison remains out with a left hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day. Otto Porter Jr. is probable for the game after getting six stitches in his mouth on Saturday. Mitchell Robinson for the Knicks is considered probable after nursing a sprained ankle.

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New York is 10-5 in the last 15 meetings with Chicago. They’ll look to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2005-06 when they ended the season with 23 wins.

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