NBA Playoff Preview, Round 1: Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers

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NBA Playoff Preview, Round 1: Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers
Noah, Deng, Rose, Boozer

Central Division rivals meet in the Windy City on Saturday afternoon to begin the 2011 NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers have gotten to know each other quite well over the years. Not only do they play each other four times every year in the regular season, but they have also met many times in the postseason. This year, they will renew their rivalry with a first-round playoff match up which features Derrick Rose and his strong supporting cast against a young, inexperienced Pacers team that is trying to make some noise.

This first-round series will begin when the eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers make the short trip up to Chicago to take on the Bulls, who are the No. 1 seed in the East. Chicago won three of the four games between these two this season, and none of them were really close. The only win the Pacers got over the Bulls was late in the season in Indianapolis, when Chicago was without Carlos Boozer.

There are eight first-round series to begin the playoffs, and none looks more one-sided than this one. Most everyone is calling for a sweep here, and for good reason. Breaking down this series by positions, coaching, and other factors, it is easy to see why the broom will probably be used in this one.

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