For the Sixers, this matchup is largely about survival and avoiding another first-round embarrassment. (Evan Turner, you wanted the Bulls, and now you've got them.)
Philadelphia's hot-starting season may have fizzled down the stretch, but it leaves this young team in a classic, "nothing to lose," underdog role.
Chicago has its sights set on that elusive NBA ring, and it might not have given the Sixers much thought. Now, things are a little tougher.
This first-round series is suddenly even more so as much about how the Bulls play as what the final score says.
The chances for an upset might be slim, but Chicago must use this opening tilt to build a title-ready foundation.
Here's how the Bulls can overcome losing Rose, beat Philadelphia and get their championship run off to a good start.