Chicago Bulls: Grading Their Chances Against Eastern Conference Playoff Teams

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Chicago Bulls: Grading Their Chances Against Eastern Conference Playoff Teams
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In case you haven't heard, the Chicago Bulls are officially back in the elite class of the NBA. In the game before the All-Star break, the Bulls beat the San Antonio Spurs, the team with the best record in the NBA. Two games into the second half, Chicago beat the Miami Heat for the second time this season.

Sure both of those wins were at home, and in between them the Bulls fell to the Toronto Raptors on the road, but a 41-17 record speaks for itself.

At this point in the season, it has become pretty clear which teams are going to represent the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, though the seeding is still up in the air. The Bulls seem to be jockeying with the Celtics and Heat for the top spot, the Magic and Hawks appear destined to face each other as the fourth and fifth seeds, and the new-look Knicks are the team none of the top three want to draw in the first round.

So, how do the Bulls match up with these seven probable playoff teams? If this team does what it's capable of, it could see any of these teams in the first round, second round and Conference Finals en route to the NBA Finals.

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