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Game thread: Hawks at Bulls

When/where: 8 p.m. today, United Center, Chicago

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Injuries: Hawks—Dennis Schroder (ankle), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Milus Plumlee (quad) are out; Ersan Ilyasova (knee) is questionable; Marco Belinelli (Achilles) is probable.

Bulls—Kriss Dunn (finger), Nikola Mirotic (face), Bobby Portis (suspension), Zach Lavine (knee) and Cameron Payne (foot) are out; Paul Zipser (knee) is questionable.

What to watch for: The Hawks (1-3) conclude their season-opening five game trip. They’ve lost three in a row since winning at Dallas in the opener. The Hornets overwhelmed the Hawks with a 24-0 run and the Heat and Nets built big leads before turning back late rallies.

The Hawks will be without Schroder for a second game after he suffered an ankle injury at the Nets on Sunday. He and Ilyasova missed the game at Miami the next night. Ilyasova made the trip to Chicago and was to have his status evaluated after today’s shootaround.

The Bulls, like the Hawks, were projected to finish near the bottom of the league before the season. Things got worse for Chicago on the eve of its season opener when Portis injured Mirotic during a practice fight that put Mirotic on the injured list and earned Portis a suspension. The Bulls have the second-highest point differential in the East while playing three strong opponents (Raptors, Spurs and Cavs).

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Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010.