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Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls GameThread

This should be one for the ages. The Hornets and Bulls are trotting out hobbled lineups in a game both wouldn't mind losing. Expect the Hornets' youngsters to play more than usual. Chat with other Hornets fans about tonight's game in the comments below.

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Ah, a war between two tanking ships.

The Charlotte Hornets are up in Illinois tonight taking on the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls went into this season with the intent of being awful and have realized that vision through a horrific record of 26-51. While the Hornets have only recently begun to loosen up with eyes on the draft, they're undoubtedly shooting for the same target the Bulls are now.

With only four games left in the season, however, the Hornets can only move up one spot in the lottery. The team ahead of them, the Los Angeles Lakers, have lost their seven of their last nine games and show few signs of life. The Hornets need to lose at least two of their next four games to move up. Ideally all four.

Look, I'm not proud of it either. It is what it is.

The Hornets are without a handful of players tonight but I cannot understate how bad the Bulls are. Expect the kids to get some good run.

As usual, you can watch tonight's game live on Fox Sports Southeast or League Pass and listen live with WFNZ 610 AM or WFNZ 102.5 FM.

Here are today's projected starters:

Hornets Position Bulls
Kemba Walker PG Cameron Payne
Nicolas Batum SG Justin Holiday
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Paul Zipser
Marvin Williams PF Lauri Markkanen
Dwight Howard C Robin Lopez

Nicolas Batum is listed as a game-time decision because of that nagging ankle tendon. I'd expect him to give it a go. Treveon Graham and Dwayne Bacon will join Cody Zeller and Michael Carter-Williams on the bench. For the Bulls, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Denzel Valentine, and Antonio Blakeney are out.

Tip-off's at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Hop on down to the comments to chat about tonight's game!