Alex Caruso (hamstring) questionable Friday vs MIL
Thu, Feb 29, 2024, 4:50 PMNBA Injury Report
Alex Caruso (right hamstring strain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks.
Analysis: Caruso was held out of Wednesday's double-overtime win over Cleveland, with Andre Drummond replacing him in the starting lineup. The matchup heavily influenced Drummond receiving the nod, so he may not get the opportunity on Friday if Caruso remains sidelined. Drummond should already be rostered in standard leagues, and there isn't a great streaming option in this spot.
DeMar DeRozan finishes with 35/10/5 line vs. Cavs
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:44 PM
DeMar DeRozan led Chicago with 35 points (8-of-26 FGs, 17-of-19 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers against Cleveland on Wednesday.
Analysis: Not only did DeRozan lead the Bulls in scoring in this game, but he was also able to set a new season-high for rebounds. He wasn't able to score efficiently from the floor, but he was able to make up for it by having an effective night from the free throw line. He set a new season-high for attempts from the charity stripe, and he tied his season-high for makes. He has now scored at least 24 points in nine of his last 10 games, and he will look to stay hot against the Bucks on Friday to wrap up the week.
Coby White posts 14/8/12/1/1 line vs. Cavs
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:40 PM
Coby White recorded a double-double on Wednesday with 14 points (5-of-20 FGs), eight rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: White's shooting woes continued in this game, but he was still able to find other ways to be effective. He is now 18-of-69 (26.1%) from the field since the All-Star break, which has really limited his recent value. However, he was able to contribute value in the defensive stats, which hasn't been the norm for him this season. He also finished just two rebounds shy of a triple-double while setting a new season-high for assists. The shooting struggles have been frustrating, but those will eventually start falling. Managers should be encouraged that he is finding other ways to produce despite the shots not going in.
Andre Drummond hauls in 26 boards vs. Cleveland
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 10:33 PM
Andre Drummond got the start on Wednesday and contributed 17 points (8-of-12 FGs), 26 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in a 132-123 double-overtime win over Cleveland.
Analysis: In order to match up with Cleveland's frontcourt, Chicago rolled with Andre Drummond and Nikola Vucevic in the starting lineup. Drummond ended up finishing with at least 25 rebounds in a game for the ninth time in his career as the Bulls outrebounded the Cavs 74-39. That was the largest rebounding margin in a game since 2021, when New Orleans outrebounded Cleveland 70-33. Drummond was able to break his previous season-high of 25 rebounds, which he set in December. He will likely return to the bench for their next game, but he should return to the starting lineup for their game in Minnesota on March 31st.
CHI starting Coby, Ayo, DeMar, Vooch, Drummond
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 6:41 PMChicago Bulls on X
The Bulls will start Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond against Cleveland on Wednesday.
Analysis: As expected, Chicago will roll out their two center starting lineup to match up with Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen down low. Drummond will replace Alex Caruso, who has already been ruled out due to a hamstring strain. Drummond has played well when he has started alongside Vucevic this season and should dominate the paint.
Alex Caruso (hamstring) downgraded to out vs. Cavs
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 5:18 PMJulia Poe on X
Alex Caruso (right hamstring strain) has been downgraded to out for Wednesday's matchup with Cleveland.
Analysis: Caruso has been downgraded to out due to a hamstring injury that he suffered on Tuesday. Andre Drummond should take his starting spot to help them match up with Cleveland's tall frontcourt, though Jevon Carter and Dalen Terry should take on larger roles off the bench with Caruso sidelined.
Alex Caruso (hamstring) questionable Wednesday
Wed, Feb 28, 2024, 12:35 PMNBA Injury Report
Alex Caruso (right hamstring strain) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Caruso injured his hamstring during Tuesday's loss to the Pistons but did see action during the fourth quarter. Given the nature of hamstring injuries, the questionable tag for Wednesday's game may be generous. Should Caruso sit, Jevon Carter and Dalen Terry would be in line for additional minutes, but neither should be streamed. This could also open the door for Andre Drummond to receive a start, as Chicago does have to account for Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.
Nikola Vucevic posts 25/10 double-double vs. DET
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 11:19 PM
Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double on Tuesday with 25 points (12-of-23 FGs), 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a 105-95 loss to the Pistons.
Analysis: In the three games that the Bulls have played since the All-Star break, Vooch has three double-doubles while scoring at least 20 points. He struggled in their final game before the break, but he has scored at least 20 points in nine of his last 10 games. Andre Drummond joined Vooch in this game with a 20-point double-double of his own. Chicago hosts Cleveland on Wednesday, and they started both bigs the last time they played the Cavs. The odds of both players recording another 20-point double-double are low, but Drummond will be worth streaming if he starts.
Coby White struggles again in loss to Detroit
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 11:11 PM
Coby White struggled again on Tuesday and finished with 10 points (2-of-14 FGs), five rebounds and six assists against Detroit.
Analysis: In three games since the All-Star break, White is shooting 13-of-49 from the floor. His shooting percentage over the course of the season hasn't been elite, but it has been much better than 26.5%. He has been a top-75 player in 9-cat leagues over the past month, but he has been going through quite the shooting slump over their last three games. They host Cleveland on Wednesday, which will give White a chance to bounce back quickly. He had 32 points and five 3-pointers when they played the Cavs in the final game before the All-Star break.
Ayo Dosunmu scores 21 with 3 triples, 3 swipes
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 9:30 PM
Ayo Dosunmu turned in 21 points, three boards, eight assists, three steals and three treys across 39 minutes Sunday in a 114-106 victory over New Orleans.
Analysis: Dosunmu was at it again, delivering a quality scoring performance on 8-of-15 shooting (3-of-6 3-Pointers) and posting useful peripherals in the process. He's been phenomenal since joining the starting five, averaging 16.1 points, 3.1 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.8 triples while shooting 55% from the floor. The third-year man out of Illinois is ranked inside the top 60 in per-game fantasy hoops value in that span, and he's shockingly still available in 52% of Yahoo leagues. The man who referred to himself as the âMasked Mambaâ while playing for the Fighting Illini has channeled his inner Kobe Bryant over the last month with strong scoring and quality defense. With Patrick Williams done for the season and Torrey Craig on the shelf indefinitely, it's Ayo's world, and we're just living in it.
Nikola Vucevic double-doubles in win over Pels
Sun, Feb 25, 2024, 9:16 PM
Nikola Vucevic finished Sunday's 114-106 win over the Pelicans with 22 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two triples.
Analysis: Vooch was one of three Bulls starters with 20 points (DeMar DeRozan, Ayo Dosunmu), and he finished behind only DeRozan for team lead in the scoring department. He went into the All-Star break on a low note with a season-worst nine points and eight rebounds against Cleveland, but other than that outlier performance, he's scored at least 20 points in eight of his last nine with seven double-doubles to his credit. In that span, the veteran has averaged 21.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 boards, 1.1 blocks and 1.3 triples. He'll look to keep up the strong play Tuesday when the Pistons come to the Windy City for a Central Division showdown.
Patrick Williams to undergo season-ending surgery
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 4:07 PMShams Charania on Twitter
Patrick Williams (left foot bone edema) will undergo season-ending surgery, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Analysis: Williams hasn't played since January 25, and he'll end the 2023-24 campaign with averages of 10.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 combined blocks/steals across 27.3 minutes. Williams appeared in all 82 games a season ago, but he'll have his second season in three years cut short due to injury. Ayo Dosunmu remains a must-roster player due to his increased minutes and production with Williams and Zach LaVine on the shelf, and Andre Drummond is approaching must-roster territory due to the shortage of available options in the frontcourt.
Ayo Dosunmu contributes 14/7/8 line vs. Celtics
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 11:01 PM
Ayo Dosunmu posted a solid line on Thursday with 14 points (6-of-14 FGs), seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against Boston.
Analysis: Dosunmu logged 41 minutes in this game, which allowed him to come close to recording a triple-double. Still, he was able to post a well-rounded line, with a lot of that coming in the first half. He entered the break with 12 points, five rebounds and six assists, though he wasn't able to add much in the second half. Dosunmu is currently rostered in just 44% of Yahoo leagues, but he has been an excellent fantasy asset over the last few weeks. He should continue to start for the rest of the season and shouldn't be left on the waiver wire.
Nikola Vucevic posts 22/14/2 line in loss to BOS
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 10:55 PM
Nikola Vucevic led Chicago with 22 points (10-of-19 FGs), 14 rebounds and two assists in a 129-112 loss to the Celtics on Thursday.
Analysis: Vooch did most of his work early in this game and had 20 points at halftime. It was a nice bounce back game after he had just nine points in their final game before the All-Star break, which came after six straight games with at least 20 points. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to add much in the second half and scored just two points after the break. Still, he was able to add another 20-point double-double to his season total. They head to New Orleans to finish out the week on Sunday.
CHI starting Coby, Ayo, Caruso, DeMar, Vucevic
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 6:40 PMChicago Bulls on X
Chicago will start Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic against Boston on Thursday.
Analysis: After using their two-big lineup in their final game before the All-Star break, Andre Drummond will return to the bench for this game, with Caruso returning to the starting unit. Drummond should still play a large role off the bench in this game, but he won't see quite as many minutes as he did in their last game.
Torrey Craig injured knee during All-Star break
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 5:54 PMK.C. Johnson on Twitter
On Tuesday, Bulls coach Billy Donovan said that Torrey Craig sprained his right knee while working out during the All-Star break.
Analysis: Craig will have to undergo further testing before the Bulls know the severity of the injury, but this is terrible news for a team that's already down two starting wings in Zach LaVine (ankle; done for the season) and Patrick Williams (foot). Craig will be sidelined for at least 2-4 weeks, and his absence frees up minutes for Jevon Carter, with Dalen Terry and Julian Phillips behind him in the pecking order. None would be worth streaming in that spot.
Patrick Williams (foot) dealing with discomfort
Tue, Feb 20, 2024, 5:51 PMK.C. Johnson on Twitter
On Tuesday, Bulls coach Billy Donovan said that Patrick Williams (left foot bone edema) is still dealing with discomfort at times and has yet to resume running.
Analysis: Before the All-Star break, Donovan said that Williams was no longer experiencing discomfort in his left foot while walking. Walking and running are two entirely different deals, obviously. With the team taking a cautious approach to Williams' recovery, it's unknown when he will be healthy enough to return to game action. Until that changes, Ayo Dosunmu will remain in the starting lineup and is worth rostering.
DeMar DeRozan puts up 24 PTS in loss to Cleveland
Wed, Feb 14, 2024, 9:58 PM
DeMar DeRozan finished Wednesday's 108-105 loss to the Cavaliers with 24 points (9-of-16 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), two rebounds, and six assists in 40 minutes.
Analysis: DeRozan continues to prove his value, finishing Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers with 24 points. Positioned in the top 40 for 9-cat, the 34-year-old's performance this season has been commendable, with an average of 22.7 points and 5.2 assists per game. DeRozan has been on a scoring tear, dropping at least 24 points in his last six outings. DeRozan has stepped up with Zach LaVine sidelined (foot), shouldering the Bulls' offensive responsibilities. His performance is pivotal for Chicago's success, and managers are looking to capitalize on his veteran presence and scoring prowess.
Coby White drops 32 points in loss to Cleveland
Wed, Feb 14, 2024, 9:13 PM
Coby White scores 32 points (11-of-17 FG, 5-of-6 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and five 3-pointers in Wednesday's 108-105 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: White has emerged as a significant fantasy asset, breaking into the top 75 in 9-cat leagues with an impressive average of 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. His substantial playing time, averaging 36 minutes on the court has allowed him to showcase his skills and contribute significantly to the Bulls' efforts. In Wednesday's game against the Cavs, White scored 32 points, but it wasn't enough to claim the W. As one of the potential steals of the draft, White's continued production is something managers should closely monitor. His ability to contribute across multiple statistical categories and increased playing time positions him as a valuable asset in fantasy leagues.
CHI starting White, Ayo, DeMar, Vucevic, Drummond
Wed, Feb 14, 2024, 6:14 PMNBA Lineups
Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, DeMar DeRozan, and Andre Drummond will start Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Alex Caruso can play but will come off the bench on Wednesday. Bulls coach Billy Donovan will take an approach similar to the one he took in a recent win over Minnesota, starting Vucevic and Drummond together. This improves the team's chances of dealing with Cavaliers starting bigs Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen while also boosting Drummond's fantasy value.