Who are the Bulls' optimal playoff opponents?

Who are the Bulls' optimal playoff opponents?
March 27, 2014, 9:45 pm
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CSN Staff

The time has come for the Bulls to start considering playoff positioning, and in the tightly-contested Eastern Conference it should come down to the last few games to determine who Tom Thibodeau's group will play in the first round.

If the playoffs started today the Bulls would hold the No. 4 seed and play the Brooklyn Nets, who have gone 27-12 since the calendar flipped to 2014. The Bulls have won two of three matchups against the Nets, most recently losing by 16 in early March in a repeat of last year's first-round affair. Other opponents include the current sixth seed Wizards, of which the Bulls have lost both matchups and have a third date coming up next weekend.

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If Brooklyn were to pass the Atlantic Divison-leading Raptors, the Bulls also split the season series (2-2) against Toronto.

The Bulls also split the season series against both the Heat and Pacers, and pending a minor miracle the Bulls would have to face either of those two teams in the second round.

And that's what the SportsTalk Live crew was debating, on whether or not the Bulls would have a better chance facing the slow-it-down, defensive-minded Pacers or the older yet quicker, perimeter-oriented Heat.