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The previous preseason meeting of these teams went badly for the Raptors, to put it mildly. Chicago had a 23-point lead by the end of the third quarter and proceeded to coast to a 109-90 victory thanks to strong performances by Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah — two players that the Raptors really don’t have an answer for. In the Bulls’ last game on Saturday, they got spanked 105-67 by the Magic and since they’re obviously a much better team than that, I expect they’ll come out fired up tonight.

Joakim Noah will sit this one out with flu-like symptoms (probably from a bad batch of weed) and Kyle Korver is sidelined with a gross cyst on his ankle. Taj Gibson has missed the previous two Bulls games with a sore heel so he’s questionable for tonight’s game. For the Raptors, Joey Dorsey and David Andersen are probably both out tonight with their minor injuries. I don’t really have much else to say about this game. I’m ready for the real games to get going.

Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: NBA TV Canada
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Reggie Evans, Andrea Bargnani
Chicago: Derrick Rose, Keith Bogans, Luol Deng, Kurt Thomas, Omer Asik

My boss happened to be nearby when I was setting up this thread so I asked him to pick tonight’s pregame song. After initially suggesting “Go West” by the Pet Shop Boys (presumably as a joke, I hope), we agreed on “Search and Destroy” by Iggy and the Stooges. Here’s hoping the Raptors act like street-walking cheetahs with hearts full of napalm tonight.