NEWS Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

Paris Biennale basketball fan.

On Jan. 19, the NBA will travel to France for a regular-season matchup between the six-time champion Chicago Bulls and the three-time league champion Detroit Pistons at the Accor Arena.

The game marked the NBA’s first return to Europe since January 2020, when Paris also hosted the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets.

France fans will be in for a treat when Pistons take on Bulls, especially with their star returning Killian Hayes.

The 21-year-old Frenchman started his basketball career in the capital and hopes to continue his love for the city with the Pistons’ win in front of a home crowd.

But the task ahead of Hayes and the Pistons is not easy.

Currently second-to-last in the Eastern Conference standings, the Pistons (12-35) are in the midst of a turbulent season exacerbated by ruling out the No. 1 pick in 2021 last month. Cade Cunningham through season-ending injuries.

Their lack of wealth has many wondering if the team can now play the rest of the season to boost their chances of acquiring talent from France’s generation winner Wenban Mountainit is widely expected that he will be the No. 1 pick in the first round of the 2023 draft.

Although this season has also suffered from inconsistency, the Bulls (20-24) are 10th in the Eastern Conference, right in the playoff zone, and they will face stiff competition.

and having a team of Olympic gold medalists zack lavin (2020) and Demar DeRozan (2016) The Bulls already have a win over the Pistons this season, winning 132-118 at home on Dec. 31, 2022.

The Bulls will be very likely to win this game, especially if DeRozan’s recent quad injury, which has sidelined him for the past three games, improves

NBA Paris 2023: International stars to watch

The best of North America’s top basketball league is sure to be the main event when games kick off at the Accor Arena, but it won’t be the only thing drawing attention.

The once-a-year opportunity to watch an NBA game in Europe means fans across the continent travel to see some of their top stars.

Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes (FRA), Bojan Bogdanovic (CRO)

Sure to have support from French fans in the building Thursday night will be Hayes, the seventh overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The 21-year-old has recently been pushed into the starting line-up following Cunningham’s injury and the Frenchman has responded positively. Since taking over the starting job, Hayes’ numbers have continued to improve, including career highs in points and assists per game, as well as three-point shooting efficiency.

Joining Hayes as an international star to watch with the Pistons is Croatian Boyan Bogdanovic.

The 33-year-old, who has played for several other NBA teams, including the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz, is a renowned 3-point shooter and is currently in hot form. The Croatian is having a career scoring season, averaging 21.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Chicago Bulls: Goran Dragic (SLO), Nikola Vucevic (MNE)

Fans in the European nations of Slovenia and Montenegro will have the chance to watch two of their biggest ever games when the Bulls come to Paris Stadium.

Two-time All-Star (2019, 2021) Nicola Vucevic Has become an important part of the Bulls’ starting five, forming the “Big Three” with LaVine and DeRozan. The 33-year-old Montenegrin center is coming off his ninth straight double-double after scoring a season-high 43 points in the Bulls’ win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Slovenia will be eyeing their veteran Golan Dragic close.

Participate in EuroBasket and FIBA World Cup During last year’s qualifiers, it had been hoped that the man known as “Dragon” would make it to this year’s competition.

Dragic has hinted that this NBA season may be his last, saying he’ll look at his body before deciding whether to play with him luca Doncic In a competition co-hosted by Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

What time does the Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls Paris game start?

The Bulls and Pistons will kick off at the Accor Arena at 21:00 CET (UTC+1).

For viewers in the US, it’s 14:00 CST for fans in Chicago, and 15:00 EST in Detroit.

How to watch Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls in NBA Paris 2023

The 2023 NBA Paris game will be broadcast live in France on free Canal+ and beIN SPORTS.

Fans around the world can also watch games through NBA League Pass.

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