No. 4 Brooklyn Nets vs. No. 5 Chicago Bulls
Season Series: Chicago 3-1
How they matchup:
Points per game: 96.9 (17th)
Rebounds per game: 428 (1oth)
Assists per game: 20.3 (27th)
Points allowed per game: 95.1 (sixth)
Field goal percentage: 45.0 % (13th)
Three-point percentage: 35.7% (17th)
Free-throw percentage: 73.1% (24th)
Points per game: 93.2 (29th)
Rebounds per game: 43.2 (eighth)
Assists per game: 23.0 (eighth)
Points allowed per game: 92.9 (third)
Field goal percentage: 43.7% (25th)
Three-point percentage: 35.3% (20th)
Free-throw percentage: 77.3% (ninth)
What to expect: The Nets are the only higher seed that lost the season series against their first round opponent. The Bulls are a tough matchup for any team, even without the services of Derrick Rose.
These are two of the better rebounding and defensive teams in the league and I would expect a physical battle and a long series.
At the end of the day though, I don’t think the Nets home court advantage will matter much as the Bulls are the more playoff tested team. The Bulls win the series in a mild upset.
Prediction: Bulls in seven