Pelicans Vs Bulls March 25 NBA Game Preview

Dean Riley - 22 Mar 2022

Despite expectations to the contrary, it now seems as if Zion Williamson won’t be returning to the New Orleans Pelicans line-up this season, after all.

Williamson’s foot injury was initially reported as anticipated to be resolved in time for the regular season. But with the regular NBA season about to conclude, it has since become clear that this will not be the case.

With the Pelicans due to go up against the Chicago Bulls at Smoothie King Center on Friday, March 25, they’ll be looking to rally all the help they can possibly get if they’re to emerge victorious. But clearly, that won’t include Williamson.

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Pelicans Doing It “Short”

Right now, the Pelicans are tied for ninth position in the Western Conference – and this despite Williamson’s absence. Should they manage to win two more games against a higher-seeded opponent, they have a real hope of reaching the Playoffs.

Achieving this without Williamson on the court would definitely constitute a significant achievement. Even so, the Pelicans have a long way to go if they’re to create a sustainable force around him. With Williamson coming up for a contract extension during the off-season, it remains to be seen whether such an extension will be pursued by either team or player.

In fact, rumours have been suggesting that Williamson isn’t content to remain with New Orleans. And considering he only has 85 games to his name in the NBA, the Pelicans might be hesitant to offer him a big-money contract for sweetening the deal.

Still, surprises aside, fans might see Williams return to the lineup for the Pelicans next year after all.

Turning Tables For The Bulls

As for the Chicago Bulls, while they had the best record in the Eastern Conference by the time the All-Star break rolled around, they’ve now fallen to fifth position. After losing 8 of 11 games, they’re not looking nearly as shiny as before.

In their defense, seven of the eight losses have been against Playoffs-contending teams. Still, their recent poor run has seen them demoted from the possibility of home court advantage, to trying desperately to steer clear of play-in games.

On Friday night, the Bulls dropped another game to a team at the top of a conference when they lost 129-102 to the Phoenix Suns. And while this in itself will not have been such a major issue, the fact that we’re now nearing the end of the regular season makes of this an entirely different kettle of fish.

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