2019-20 NBA – Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves taking place? Thursday 5th March, 2020 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves taking place? Target Center

What channel is Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves on? Fox Sports North, NBC Sports Chicago

Where can I stream Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, FOX Sports Go, NBC Sports App

Where can I get tickets for Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Chicago Bulls 117 – 110 Minnesota Timberwolves

THE TEAM NEWS

CHICAGO BULLS

  • The Bulls pulled a huge upset when they secured a 109-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks the last time out and that win allowed them to leave a two-game losing run in the rear view. However, they remain far from a playoff berth and sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 21-40 record.
  • Few teams are as depleted as the Bulls are right now with Kris Dunn out for the season, Lauri Markkanen questionable, and Zach LaVine already ruled out for this game. Chandler Hutchinson and Luke Kornet are also expected to miss this contest.
  • Rookie point guard Coby White has stepped it up of late for Chicago. The rookie out of North Carolina has scored 15 or more points in each of his last five contests off the bench, and he has averaged 28.4 points while shooting 52.1 percent from three-point range during that stretch.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

  • The Timberwolves pulled a shocking upset Tuesday, notching a 139-134 win over the New Orleans Pelicans to end a two-game losing skid, but the struggles don’t stop there for Minnesota. They are 2-3 in their last five games and sit in 14th place of the Western Conference standings with a 18-42 record.
  • Evan Turner has been bought out by the Timberwolves but his release is not yet official and he’s expected to miss this game in any case. Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has been ruled out due to a wrist injury.
  • Point guard D’Angelo Russell should be the player to watch in Minnesota. The former Lakers, Nets and Warriors guard has looked impressive of late for the Timberwolves, topping the 20-point mark in four of his last five contests, and he averages 24.6 points with 6.6 assists during that stretch.

THE PREDICTION

Both teams have the same 2-3 record over their last five games but both are also coming off a win and another victory here could gain them some momentum heading towards the final weeks of the 2019-20 regular season. The Timberwolves have won their last four home meetings against the Bulls, while Chicago have dropped their last six away contests in a row and those home/away splits should be enough reason to consider the Timberwolves as favourites in an inter-conference battle between two struggling teams.

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