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Chuck & # 39; s daily check-in: 11.07.18
Chuck previews of tonight's game in NOLA against the pelicans
SPORTS OF NEW ORLEANS: Bulls: (3-8, 2-3 on the road) in New Orleans (4-6, 3-1 at home)
TV: NBC Sports Chicago - Kyle Draper and Stacey King, 7:00 pm CT.
RADIO: 670 The score - Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, Steve Kashul
LED SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine - 27 ppg. New Orleans: Davis - 23 ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter - 7 per. New Orleans: Davis - 11 per
LEADING TOOLS: Bulls: Arcidiacono - 4 per. New Orleans: vacation - 8 per.
CCI PREVIEW: The mini-game-trip finds the Bulls in New Orleans for a game against the road tired Pelicans, who will play their first game in NOLA in two weeks after six consecutive battles in opposite Western Conference arena's. It was a grueling piece to say the least. New Orleans has dropped six straight; superstar Anthony Davis has a bad elbow, an injury that limits him to participating in three of the last six matches. Hmmmmm, a long road trip and a Davis injury ... not a good recipe for success, hence the setback for Alvin Gentry's team. Forget Davis changing agents. Forget a free agency that will not be two years old - this is the present and the pelicans need a healthy Davis if they expect to make some noise in the Western conference. Niko Mirotic has a breakout season with average career heights in points, rebounds and minutes (21-11-31min). He took a career of high 16 rebounds in Monday's loss at OKC. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he will knock a number of clubs on his door. The loss of Rajon Rondo and Demarcus Cousins and nieces a free agency has been and will be felt this year.
Zach LaVine has put the Bulls on his broad shoulders and has a huge season. His ability to reach the foul line was impressive, 27 appearances in the last two matches alone. He played a career-high 49 minutes in the Bulls double OT victory at NY on Monday. Wendell Carter Jr. is the real deal, people. He is already a great defensive big and the offensive is clicking. His mid-range game and the ability to finish around the basket will improve, just like his three-point shooting. I've seen so many scouts in the past month who jubilate about this young man. He has a quiet confidence about him and is a real professional - at the age of 19!
Without Robin Lopez the Bulls do not leave with a victory over MSG. He is a real pro.
CCI 24 SECONDS - NBA NEWS and NOTES:
Portland 118, Milwaukee 103: CJ McCollum scored 40 points. Evan Turner with a double-double of 16-11. The Bucks members only made their second loss in ten games.
Dallas 119, Washington 100: Is Washington & # 39; s defense so bad? Apparently. The Mavs broke a six-game losing streak. They have won 16 out of 17 against Washington.
Brooklyn 104, Phoenix 82: The Suns have lost eight or nine. The nets are a game under 500.
Charlotte 113, Atlanta 102: I can give you all the statistics but forget it. Only Google "Miles Bridges looks like Dewayne Dedmon." That will make up for Sparty's loss to Kansas.
Russell Westbrook is out for Wednesday's game against Cleveland with a sprained ankle.
Boys and girls ... not - I repeat - do NOT throw the ball to the stands. Kyrie Irving a fine of $ 25,000 by the NBA after Irving lost his composure after losing Celtics in Denver
Cleveland & # 39; s Sam Dekker OUT will be about 2-4 weeks with a sprained ankle.
The Lakers have allowed a league game of 59 points per game in the paint and they are ninth-worst in rebound percentage.
Toronto & # 39; s Serge Ibaka over the last two matches, 23 out of 25 are from the field. Seriously ... 23 of 25. Unbelievable.
Thank you for reading CCI. Always a pleasure. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter: @ctsbulls