The NBA kicks off a brand new season on Christmas Day and for us, we are treated to some compelling games. Boston versus New York starts off the festivities on a schedule that includes a NBA Finals rematch between Miami and Dallas. Perhaps the most interesting game will be the Chicago Bulls heading out to Los Angeles to face the Lakers.
Usually the Bulls take a trip to the West Coast during the later portion of November but with the NBA lockout, the 66-game schedule will have Derrick Rose and Company out west for the first four games of the year. The Bulls' schedule has its share of breaks and potential traps but after it is all over, they should remain head and shoulders above the rest of the Central division, guaranteeing no worse than the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
One big key to the Bulls' season will be just how they play against divisional foes. After struggling to defeat Indiana in the playoffs last season, the Bulls will have a tougher road as the Pacers have improved. Winning their games against the teams in the Central will help the road to winning the title become easier.
The Bulls don't play a game within their division until they square off with the Pistons on January 4th.
Can the Chicago Bulls repeat as Central division champions?
Allow me to briefly go through the teams of the NBA's Central division by my predicted order of where they will finish after the season.