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How the Chicago Bulls Stack Up Against the Top 5 Eastern Conference Teams

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How the Bulls Will Stack Up Against the Top 5 Teams in the East

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The Chicago Bulls are a very intriguing group of players and are having an interesting season. It hasn't gone according to plan from the beginning of the year with injuries, trade of a major component and questioning of tanking. But as we look at where the Bulls are at now, they are right in the middle of the Eastern Conference.

Who would of thought the Bulls would be in the thick of things after losing Derrick Rose to another knee injury and trading the all around weapon in Luol Deng? Many people counted the Bulls completely out and wanted them to tank to get a lottery pick. Relying on the NBA Draft is never guaranteed that an impact player is going to come in and take the league by storm. This draft class for 2014 is being hyped, but the Bulls laughed at the tanking idea. The guys on this roster and the coach, Tom Thibodeau, will never go down that road of tanking. It was never an option, even with the beginning of the season looking bleak. They fought real hard to get back on track and it's showing in the standings.

The Bulls currently are sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. The offense, which has been very inconsistent all season, is starting to show some continuity. They are not leaning on one guy to get it done, but collectively as a group things are turning around. The defense, which is the staple, is back to it's usual standards. They are playing with passion on that end of the floor and making life miserable for other teams.

Once the playoffs start getting closer, the Bulls will be a tough matchup for anyone in the East. If you ask the teams around the league, they do not want to play against this team if they are hitting on all cylinders. Here is how the Bulls stack up against the top five teams in the East.

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Indiana Pacers

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The Pacers are the top team in the East. The Bulls will definitely have a hard time against this group because they are long, big, tough defensively and deep. These two teams know each other quite well playing in the same division and the Bulls will have to be on their A game to remotely have a chance.

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Miami Heat

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The Miami Heat, with the best player in the league in LeBron James, are always a fun matchup for the Bulls. The Bulls play quite well defensively every time they play the Heat. These two teams do not like each other and it is always a physical series.

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Toronto Raptors

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The Raptors are one of the surprise teams in the league and are playing quite well. The Bulls can get very physical with this team and make life miserable with such a finesse team. The playoffs are a different beast and the Bulls' experience would carry them over the Raptors.

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Washington Wizards

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This up and coming team would be an intriguing opponent for the Bulls. They are young, hungry and ready to make some noise in the playoffs. Led by All-Star John Wall, the matchup would be very tough.

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Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets have experience in the lineup and do not like the Bulls. This would be a rematch of the seven game series of last season's playoffs which the Bulls prevailed. They matchup evenly, but the Bulls have the defense to slow this veteran team down.