The Eastern Conference‘s top teams face off as the Chicago Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST. The last time both teams met up was on Nov. 16 with the Bulls emerging victorious (110-97). The season series is currently split 1-1.
Will the resurgent Bulls prove to a nationwide audience that they can keep up with the big boys in the league or will the Pacers shoot them down? Either way, a victory for either side will be in their best interests as the playoff push ramps up.
The Bulls have been an interesting beast this season, to say the least. Despite their rocky start, the Bulls have been able to find ways to shake their problems off and develop into one of the NBA‘s top contenders. Regular-season victories never really amount to much, but a win against one of the prime teams in the NBA will give the Bulls the confidence to press on towards the playoffs.
The Pacers are in a bit of a dry spell recently, going 6-5 in March. A victory for them would help squash the critics’ bleating of them turning into a ‘soft’ team. The Pacers need to pick up some steam as April approaches.
Recent games have not been kind to either team. The Bulls had to struggle to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers last night, who are among the league’s worst teams. Meanwhile, the Pacers suffered a loss to possible No. 8 playoff-seed contending New York Knicks (92-86).
In light of these embarrassing missteps, expect both teams to bring everything they have to tomorrow’s game. This game will go down to the wire. While Chicago has an odd tendency to struggle against weaker squads, they always bring their A-game to top-level teams. The Pacers need to catch their wind and enter into this game ready to compete, because the Bulls will not go down without a fight.