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Chicago Bulls host Minnesota Timberwolves for Saturday evening matchup

The Chicago Bulls will finish out the week by hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 5 p.m. central game on Saturday.


They are coming into the matchup at 4-2, fresh off a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have played three less games and are at 2-2. They also played Thursday night, taking a 96-84 loss to the Miami Heat.


With the Timberwolves’ lower record and less games, the Bulls are in a good position to grab another win. It also helps that they’ve already faced the T-Wolves, albeit in preseason.


The Bulls and Timberwolves faced off early in preseason on Oct. 10. The teams went at it in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the Bulls coming out on top in the end, 114-105. But that was just preseason — a preseason game in which Derrick Rose didn’t even play in, a preseason game in which the lineups head coach Fred Hoiberg has been using thus far in the regular season weren’t yet in place during preseason.


So, while it’s important to consider how the Bulls fared against the Timberwolves in preseason, it’s also essential to consider how both teams have done in this early NBA season.


With Hoiberg as the coach, offense has been the Bulls’ focus, and they’ll need to keep that in mind Saturday because it’s the thing that most likely to guarantee them success.


Both the Bulls and Timberwolves rebound (43.8-43.3), assist (20-20) and turn the ball over (14.5-14.3) at similar rates each game, but there’s a significant difference in their shooting percentages. The Bulls have shot 44.6 percent from the field and 38.6 on threes while the Timberwolves have shot 41.5 percent overall and 25 percent from downtown. Now, the Bulls do take nearly 10 more three attempts than the Timberwolves (24.2-14), but the fact of the matter is the Bulls are still much more efficient.


That being said, the Bulls, who are currently ranked No. 3 in three-point shooting percentage, can use their three-point shooting prowess to their advantage Saturday to help them win. After all, they do have two of the top three-point shooters in No. 3 Jimmy Butler (57.1 percent) and No. 4 Doug McDermott (56.5 percent). Then, there’s also Nikola Mirotic, who is No. 8 in three-pointers made.


In terms of injuries, there has been no official word on whether Kirk Hinrich, who has missed the past three games with a toe injury, will sit out. But, according to the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, he is likely sitting out on Saturday.


Stay tuned to The Bulls Charge for further updates.




Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.