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Top 5 Teams In The East The Chicago Bulls Have To Lookout For

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Chicago Bulls: Ready To Take It To The Tough Eastern Conference

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This is an exciting time for basketball fans across the world. The NBA regular season will be starting in a few days. Coaching staffs got a very good look at all the players they have on the rosters in the preseason. They have established the rotations they will be using and what philosophies will be used on offense and defense. The Chicago Bulls are one of the top contenders in the league and are ready to establish themselves against anybody.

The Eastern Conference looks like it's going to be tough from top to bottom. Many teams have made a concerted effort to contend this season. There were plenty of player movements this offseason. With that many players signings and trades, it makes the league more balanced.

The Bulls didn't make many moves this offseason. They will be bringing back most of the core players that played last season. The biggest move the Bulls made was getting former MVP Derrick Rose back from ACL surgery. Rose is the difference-maker between the Bulls being a true contender or just another good team that makes the playoffs. He looks like he is back to his explosive and confident self to propel the Bulls to another level.

Other teams in the Eastern Conference will be gunning for the two-time champion Miami Heat. The Bulls arguably has the best chance to contend with the Heat. They have the size, experience, rebounding, defense and elite coaching to knock off the Heat. Here's how the Bulls stack up against the top-five teams in the East.

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5. Atlanta Hawks

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The no. 5 spot is wide open, but the Hawks seems like the most logical choice. They have a few pieces in Al Horford, Paul Milsap and Jeff Teague, but not enough to give the Bulls a challenge.

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4. New York Knicks

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The Knicks have a lot of firepower to counter attack the Bulls. They have a prolific scorer in Carmelo Anthony and other weapons on their roster. I don't believe they will be much of a threat, but the Knicks will be in the mix.

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3. Indiana Pacers

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The Bulls' arch-rivals in the Central Division. These teams do not like each other, and they will try to beat each other up during the season. The Pacers are a tough bunch and will look to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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2. Brooklyn Nets

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This team will be very scary. They've got size and veterans all over their roster to match up against the Bulls. The veteran pickups of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirlenko should help them be a very dangerous team. Jason Kidd as a first-time head coach will be something to keep an eye on.

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1. Miami Heat

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The Heat will still be the biggest threats in the East. They have the best player in LeBron James and another superstar in Dwayne Wade. They are the two-time champions and until someone can knock them off, they will be heavy favorites.