Date & Time: Wednesday, December 23rd, 8 PM ET
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
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The Chicago Bulls will host the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA season opener on Wednesday. Both teams will be hoping to improve from their 2019-20 campaign, where they both failed to make the playoffs.
Chicago Bulls Preview
The Chicago Bulls are coming into the season after making some executive changes, hiring a new coach in Billy Donovan. They also hired the first-ever black General Manager, Marc Eversley.
The Bulls will be pursuing a run at the playoffs this year and will be led by their emerging star, Zach LaVine.
With the addition of Billy Donavan, the Chicago Bulls believes he can speed up his young core's development and potentially earn a 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs.
They will look to start their season with a win against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday in their season opener.
Key Player - Coby White
Coby White is the key player for the Chicago Bulls. The second-year guard will be looking to make a big leap in his NBA career after an underperforming rookie season, where he averaged 13.2 points coming off the bench.
Under Billy Donovan, White will likely be the starting point guard and will have a much bigger role in the offense compared to last season.
The 2019 seventh overall draft pick had already shown signs of improvements during the preseason, where he averaged 16.5 points a game and shot 48% from three.
Chicago Bulls Predicted Lineup
Coby White, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr.
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks had arguably the best offseason in the NBA, with pickups such as Bogdan Bogdanovic, Rajon Rondo, and Danilo Gallinari.
The influx of new players will allow the Hawks to not rely so heavily on Trae Young.
The Atlanta Hawks ownership is in win-now mode and wants to return to the playoffs after a three-year drought.
Expect the Hawks to have one of the most explosive offenses in the league, starting on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls.
Key Player - Trae Young
Trae Young is the star of the show for the Atlanta Hawks. His play will determine how far the Hawks can make it this season.
Young will be looking to continue his great performance from the 2019-20 season, where he averaged 29.6 points and made his first All-Star team. With the addition of Rajon Rondo, Atlanta is hoping that he will be able to mentor Young and teach him a winning mentality.
Atlanta Hawks Predicted Lineup
Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela
Hawks vs. Bulls Prediction
The Atlanta Hawks will beat the Chicago Bull on Wednesday night. Expect Trae Young to have a big game and start the Hawks off in the right direction.
How to watch Hawks vs. Bulls
The game will be broadcasted live on NBCS-Chicago. For non-local fans, every game is available through the NBA League Pass.
Published 22 Dec 2020, 08:30 IST