Bulls, Pistons to meet while heading in different directions

The Chicago Bulls will have their minds on the upcoming NBA play-in tournament, while the visiting Detroit Pistons will find themselves eyeing the future when the Midwest Division rivals close out the regular season Sunday.The Bulls (39-42) have landed in the 10th and final spot in the four-team Eastern Conference play-in tournament even after a 115-112 win at Dallas on Friday. The ninth-place Toronto Raptors have a one-game lead on the Bulls and own a 2-1 head-to-head tiebreaker over Chicago.The Bulls should be well rested for the play-in tournament game Wednesday at Toronto after not playing DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Patrick Beverley on Friday at Dallas. Coby White (24 points, 11 assists), Patrick Williams (23 points, eight rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (20 points, 10 rebounds) led the way against the Mavericks.While Sunday’s game itself means little to the Bulls, at least they get the opportunity to once again rest any players of their choosing.”Obviously, at this point in time, you would want to be in a situation where you know you are one of those top six seeds, where you are not trying to get into the playoffs,” Bulls head coach Billy Donovan said. “It is what it is, and we’ll have to deal with it.”The good news: With the exception of Lonzo Ball, long since lost to surgery on his left knee, the Bulls are healthy.DeRozan played 20 of the team’s last 21 games before the Dallas contest, averaging 22.8 points on 49.8-percent shooting.LaVine had played 70 straight before sitting out Friday. He’s put up 30 or more points in eight of his last 18 outings.As the worst team in the NBA, Detroit (17-64) will share the favorite’s role in the upcoming draft lottery with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. Each will have a 14.0-percent chance to land the No. 1 pick, and presumably the right to select French superstar Victor Wembanyama.