After the Chicago Bulls face the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers, the schedule takes a serious downward spiral to closeout the regular season. Normally, playing several teams under .500 would make a team like the Bulls salivate with delight, but it will not be that easy.
Following their March 28 game against the Trail Blazers, the Bulls will go against the Boston Celtics in two-straight games. This doesn’t happen very often in the NBA, but when it does, it is almost impossible getting both wins. Since the second game becomes a revenge game for the loser, there is often times a 1-1 split. Then, the Bulls play the struggling Milwaukee Bucks at home, and then go on the road against the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves — two teams the Bulls have lost to this season.
After that, and one of the final road games for the Bulls, is at Madison Square Garden where they will play the New York Knicks. Although Chicago has played New York well this season — leading the series 2-1 — the Knicks might be playing for the eighth and final playoff spot during that time. With Phil Jackson as president for the Knicks, the team may want to impress their new boss one last time before the season ends.
Finally, the Bulls end their regular season on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats. Al Jefferson has always been a handful for Bulls center Joakim Noah to defend. And with the possibility of seeing the Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls will have added pressure to come away with a victory in Charlotte.
There are no easy games in the NBA, so it is important that the Bulls maintain their edge against teams that are under.500, and low-end playoff teams. If not, they could be in trouble heading into the postseason.