Chicago Bulls Schedule: 5 compelling matchups over first half of season

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5. Monday March 1st vs. Denver Nuggets

There are a lot of storylines to follow for this final matchup. The first, of course, is the connection with Arturas Karnisovas. The Bulls’ new Vice President came from the Denver Nuggets, and going against his former team should be a great talking point.

Karnisovas, of course, had a hand in drafting big man Nikola Jokic while in Denver. Jokic has evolved into one of the best in the game, if not the best all around big man in the NBA. He’s a two-time All Star, both appearances coming in the past two consecutive seasons.

Already, in his five pro seasons, Jokic has averaged a double-double on two occasions. He’s also put up at least six assists in his past three years — an uncanny, nearly unheard of type of production from a guy his size.

As far as a measuring stick goes, this game could be a nice test for the young Bulls. Not only will they have to deal with Jokic, but an increasingly deep roster featuring the likes of breakout point guard Jamal Murray and budding forward Michael Porter Jr. — remember when Bulls fans wanted to draft that kid? It looks like it’s finally going to pay off for Denver as he looks to develop into a bigger role this season.

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Seeing Jokic test Carter, Gafford and Markkanen should be fun. Watching White and LaVine tango with Murray will be something to watch for, and looking for how they defend the wing in this game will be intriguing, considering Porter’s versatility.