Chicago Bulls Weekly Preview Mar. 31 – Apr. 5: Playoff Push Raises the Stakes
The Chicago Bulls are blessed this week with a relatively easy schedule. This is fortunate, considering the Bulls are currently attempting to fix and address their weaknesses. Now with two weeks left in the season, it will be in Chicago’s best interests to end the year as strong as possible. Here are the opponents the Bulls will be facing this week.
Mar. 31 vs. Boston Celtics 8 p.m. EST (Chicago leads season series 2-0)
Tonight’s game is the second part of a doubleheader. The Bulls played the Celtics last night, emerging victorious in an unexpected tight-finish, 107-102. Now the Celtics will make their trip to the United Center and hope to right their wrong. The Bulls are a dynamic team, but closely-scheduled games against the same opponent nearly always end in a split series. If they pull out a win it’ll be fantastic, but fate favors Boston in this scenario.
Prediction: Bos 86 Chi 78
Apr. 2 at Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m. EST (Chicago leads season series 3-0)
While it’s not as important as a playoff series, no one likes losing a regular season series against another team, especially if it’s a complete shutout. While Chicago should fear an upset, they don’t have to put too much concern into it. The Hawks simply aren’t that good of a team right now. Don’t expect a blowout, but Chicago will grab a W in Wednesday’s game. For their sake, hopefully Atlanta puts up a better showing in next year’s series.
Prediction: Chi 96 Atl 80
Apr. 4 vs. Milwaukee Bucks 8 p.m. EST (Chicago leads season series 2-1)
What can be said about the Bucks that hasn’t already been said? The weakest team in an already weak conference, the Bucks haven’t seen the best days recently. Chicago is going to win this game, but the Bulls do have a weird tendency to play soft against weak opponents. It won’t be a blowout, but it will not be a close one.
Prediction: Chi 95 Mil 86
Apr. 5 at Washington Wizards 7 p.m. EST (Washington leads season series 2-0)
Don’t let prior misconceptions of the Wizards fool you; this is the week’s biggest game. In the ideal playoff scenario, the Bulls end up with the No. 3 seed and will go up against Washington in the first round of the playoffs. But they’ve had an embarrassing showing against the Wizards this season. With the playoffs so close, expect Chicago to prove a point against Washington and emerge with a hard-fought victory.
Prediction: Chi 106 Was 98