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(53-29) Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls (41-41)
I think Boston overachieved in the regular season. Nobody had them as the top team in the Eastern Conference but thanks to some interesting dynamics down the stretch here we are.
Chicago finished at .500 which is nice because I just hate when sub .500 teams make it into the playoffs. They have some high end talent but there is not a lot of depth on their roster.
The Celtics have rested the Atlantic Division away from Toronto. That gave them the top seed in a season that went pretty well. However, I am not convinced that this team is really a title contender, despite their seeding.
Isaiah Thomas is one of the most exciting players in the league. He has a tremendous season and is an MVP candidate but he might have peaked too soon and I worry about his game translating well in the playoffs.
Last year he shot less than 40% as the Celtics were handled in the first round.
One of the strengths of Boston is their depth but that is harder to flex in the playoffs where games are are spread out less players see the floor. If Thomas is not a force I worry about where their scoring is going to come from.
Avery Bradly was their second leading scorer and he hurt his hand in the season finale.
The Celts are the top seed but the gap between these teams may not be that great. This a good matchup for Boston though as their strength on the perimeter will match that of Chicago.
There is not a lot of separation at the top or the bottom of the Eastern Conference this season which should make for an interesting series. Look for Boston to come out and try and make a statement in G1 to try and put away the Bulls early.
I never considered the Bulls a contender coming into the season. As it is they barely qualify for the playoffs, beating out Miami on tiebreakers.
Despite that I do not see it as an impossibility that they win this opening series.
With due respect to IT the best player in this series is Jimmy Butler. The Bulls might have missed the playoffs last season but he still has more experience with this thing and with his physicality is likely better able to excel as things grind down.
There are few in the NBA with stronger playoff resumes than Dwayne Wade.
His homecoming has not been a big success but if helps the Bulls to a first round upset it will be quite the effort. I wouldn’t put it past him if he is at full strength.
The key for Chicago in this series will be getting any kind of consistent production beyond those two, especially from someone up front. That might be asking too much and they are going to need it.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Series Prediction:
I think Boston is going to win this series but I do think the games are going to be close. There is a chance the Bulls could steal game one but if not look for them to win their first home game.
Boston has to be feeling a little but of pressure in this series because top seeds do not lose very often in the NBA. I like the fact that Brad Stevens is one of the better coaches and will not get outschemed by Fred Hoiberg.
That is a definite advantage for Chicago.
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