Bulls vs. Kings: Ball Movement Will Lead to Chicago Win

Nick Juskewycz@@NickJuskewyczContributor IIIMarch 13, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 02:  Nate Robinson #2 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates with Jimmy Butler #21 and Luol Deng #9 in the final seconds of their 93-76 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls are in a bit of a funk, but they will use teamwork and offensive execution to defeat the Sacramento Kings tonight. 

It's been quite a roller-coaster ride for the Bulls in the 2012-13 season. They were 28-17 heading into February, but have lost 11 of their last 18 and dropped to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

While Derrick Rose is still unsure if he will return this season (per Royce Young of CBSSports.com), Chicago has done an admirable job by committee to replace his numbers.

For Nate Robinson, the scoring ability has always been there, but he's starting to pass the ball more effectively as a starter. He's averaging six assists a game in March, which is the second most he's averaged in a month his entire career. This is one of the main reasons why the Bulls are still Top 10 in assists per game in the NBA (via ESPN.com). 

What will also help the Bulls generate ball movement is the potential return of Kirk Hinrich. According to Ryan Heckman of RantSports.com, Hinrich and Taj Gibson are game-time decisions for Wednesday night's showdown. Hinrich, who averages 5.4 assists this season, has been battling injuries all year and has only played four games since the beginning of January.

Then there's the vision of Joakim Noah. Many times the Bulls center will get the ball around the high block and is able to hit the cutting guards in stride toward the basket. Noah will pull DeMarcus Cousins away from the paint to eliminate his defensive presence and create opportunities for his teammates in the offense.

Meanwhile, Sacramento is going through its usual struggles and is tied with New Orleans for last place in the Western Conference. The Kings are giving up 105.1 points per game (last in NBA) and have lost 10 of their last 13.

It's never easy for a team in the East to get a win on the West Coast, but the Bulls will take care of business tonight.