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Watch Nets @ Bulls live on Sky Sports Arena on Saturday from 11pm

Sunday 17 November 2019 05:33, UK

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Image: The Brooklyn Nets visit the Chicago Bulls in a Primetime clash on Saturday at 11pm, live on Sky Sports Arena.

The Brooklyn Nets visit the Chicago Bulls in a Primetime clash on Saturday at 11pm, live on Sky Sports Arena.

As the home of the NBA in the UK, Sky Sports are showing 134 live regular-season games, including a record 48 in the weekend primetime slots.

That slate continues this weekend on Saturday...

Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls, Sky Sports Arena, Saturday 11pm

Kyrie Irving has started his Brooklyn career in superb scoring form, averaging 28.5 points per game over the Nets' opening nine games. The problem is his stellar production has only translated to four wins.

That's because the Nets are allowing their opponents to score an average of 119.5 points per game, the fourth-worst mark in the NBA.

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While that porous defense almost guarantees Brooklyn are routinely involved in entertaining high-scoring encounters, they aren't winning all of them. Their excellent road win over the Portland Trail Blazers was followed by a 26-point hammering at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. An outstanding home win over the Houston Rockets preceded a befuddling loss to an understrength Detroit Pistons.

Without the injured Kevin Durant for the season, the onus will fall on Irving and, to a lesser extent Spencer Dinwiddie, to lead the Nets towards greater consistency.

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The Brooklyn Nets visit the Chicago Bulls in an all-Eastern Conference clash on NBA Primetime. Watch live on Sky Sports Arena on Saturday at 11pm

While the Nets have issues to resolve, their problems pale into comparison when set against those of the Chicago Bulls.

After a horrid 22-win campaign last season, the Bulls had what appeared to be an excellent summer, adding free agents Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young to back up young stars Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter and No 7 draft pick Coby White.

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The bad news is Chicago's beefed-up roster hasn't come together yet. With just four wins from their opening 12 games, the Bulls have been beaten heavily by the league's better teams (Lakers, Raptors, Rockets) and also found time to suffer an embarrassing road loss to the lowly New York Knicks.

Chicago's biggest issue has been their offense so far. With an offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) of 103.1, the Bulls' attack ranks 27th out of 30. With the firepower at their disposal, most notably from guard LaVine, that can only get better as they build chemistry through the season. Against a Nets' team struggling on defense, they'll have a good chance to do just that on Saturday night.

Watch Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls on NBA Primetime, live on Sky Sports Arena on Saturday night from 11pm.

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How to watch

Sky subscribers

TV: Full-season coverage is available across Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports News while Sky Sports Mix (Channel 145) - available to all Sky TV customers at no extra cost - will show one match every Saturday.

Sky Go: Subscribers can watch the action wherever they are as it happens. Sign in to Sky Go to watch on your desktop computer or laptop or download the app.

Non-Sky subscribers

NOW TV: Watch the action from £7.99 - with no contract required. The NOW TV app is available on more than 60 devices, including TV, mobile phones, and games consoles, and you can register up to four of them.

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