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Rant-O-Matic: Previewing Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets

Here’s the latest edition of Rant-O-Matic for October 31, 2012:

Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls

This season is going to be different for the Bulls as they’ll be forced to start the season without star point guard Derrick Rose–who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the first round of the playoffs last year against the Philadelphia 76ers. At the moment, there’s no set timetable when it comes to when Rose will return, so for now–Chicago has to take the approach of adjusting to life without their star for at least the beginning of the season.

There’s no question the Bulls have enough talent to compete in the Eastern Conference, but it will be difficult to maintain the best record like they did last season with Rose in the lineup. For now, Chicago will have to settle with Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson running the offense until Rose is healthy enough to play again.

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Hornets 

After finishing with the best record in the Western Conference in each of the last two seasons, there’s no question the Spurs will be one of the top contenders once again thanks to a strong lineup consisting of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan. However, it should be interesting to see whether or not rookie Anthony Davis gives them trouble as the former Kentucky star prepares for his regular-season debut.

Davis was impressive throughout the preseason as he averaged 14.9 points to go along with 9.9 rebounds per game and he seems like the type of rookie who could have an immediate impact with the Hornets this season–so don’t be surprised if he quickly emerges into an All Star.

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