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Open Game Thread #58: Pacers vs. Bulls

The new look Chicago Bulls arrive at the Fieldhouse tonight to take on the Pacers. Here's Bruno's Scouting Report which looks at the talented depth the Bulls acquired just prior to the trade deadline. The trade freed up minutes for young bigs, Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah and also added firepower to the the bench with Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden joining Ben Gordon. No, they're not ready to compete for a championship, but the Bulls have some serious assets to work with for the near future. Can the Pacers continue to bring the strong level of effort they have over the past few games? Better yet, can they capitalize on that effort and find a way to close out a victory in the fourth quarter? That's why we watch.

Check out Blog-A-Bull to see what Bulls' fans think of all the recent changes.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 96.0(3rd) 106.2(19th) 108.5(18th)
CHI 91.4(11th) 103.4(26th) 106.9(9th)


Projected Starters
PACERS pos. PISTONS
Mike Dunleavy F Luol Deng
Troy Murphy F Tyrus Thomas
Jeff Foster C Joakim Noah
Danny Granger G Thabo Sefalosha
Travis Diener G Kirk Hinrich

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