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The Indiana Pacers would provide the Bulls with an easy Eastern Conference Finals opponent.
With the Pacers as the No. 3 seed and the Heat as the No. 2, they will likely face each other in the second round.
If a deeper Pacers team could knock off the struggling Heat in the second round, the Bulls will have an easier time to the NBA Finals.
While the Pacers have improved with the acquisitions of David West and George Hill, the Bulls are still the superior team.
Darren Collison has been injured for a good portion of the year, forcing backup Hill into a starter's role.
Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger could cancel out Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, but the other Pacers starters (Hill, David West and Paul George) would be overmatched by the Bulls' starters.
Benchwise, the Pacers do have Tyler Hansbrough and Leandro Barbosa, but they don't compare to Kyle Korver, Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, C.J. Watson, John Lucas III and Jimmy Butler.
The Bulls beat the Pacers last year, and they would beat them again.
Bob Bajek is an NBA/Chicago Bulls featured columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.