With the NBA playoffs fast approaching, 756sports is going to get started with its’ first annual NBA playoff predictions. As the last two regular season games wrap up, the Western Conference matchups are not set in stone. On the other side, the Eastern Conference is set and ready for battle. We will start by breaking down the 1-8 matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers.
1. CHICAGO BULLS VS. 8. INDIANA PACERS
Bulls–>Derrick Rose, Keith Bogans, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah.
Pacers–>Darren Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert
The Edge: The Bulls win this category by a country mile. I expect D-Rose to tear up whoever decide to guard him and I like Boozer’s chances in the low-post. The only weak point for the Bulls’ lineup is at shooting guard with Bogans, but they make up for it with their depth.
Bulls–>Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, CJ Watson
Pacers–>Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Rush, Josh McRoberts
The Edge: The Bulls bench takes pride in what they do and they are very good at it. People are buzzing about players like Asik and Gibson which means the Eastern Conference needs to watch out for these Bulls.
Derrick Rose vs. Danny Granger
The Edge: Derrick Rose takes the cake in this one. D-Rose will most likely be crowned the MVP of the NBA and has been the best player on the majority on NBA courts this season. He dribbles, drives and flashes to the hole with the best of them and can do work from the outside. Watch out for Rose in the postseason because he is playing with a chip on his shoulder. The Pacers are led by lengthy wingman, Danny Granger. Granger plays great defense and has developed as a player throughout his career. I like Granger’s game and wish the Warriors made a move for him, but I think he has his work cut out for him against Luol Deng, let alone Derrick Rose.
Chicago Bulls in 4. I think the Bulls will pull off the sweep. They won the season series 3-1 and I believe that they will be ready to roll on the Pacers in the first round. They want to prove that they deserve the one seed and are for real. Both teams play solid defense, so expect games in the 80s and low 90s with the Bulls prevailing.