Nets vs. Bulls NBA playoff preview
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
No. 4 Brooklyn Nets (49-33) vs. No. 5 Chicago Bulls (45-37)
Season series: Bulls won 3-1.
Points per game (per 100 possessions): Nets 96.9, Bulls 93.2 (Nets 105.0, Bulls 100.4).
Points allowed per game (per 100 possessions): Nets 95.1, Bulls 92.9 (Nets 103.6, Bulls 100.3).
Matchups worth watching: Nets center Brook Lopez vs. Bulls center Joakim Noah, Nets point guard Deron Williams vs. Bulls point guards Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson.
Scoring leaders: Lopez (19.4 PPG), Bulls forward Luol Deng (16.5 PPG).
Why Brooklyn will win: Williams finally looks like an All-Star again. He’s the most talented player on either active roster, and he has been great in April. Lopez has held his own all season against good centers, and Noah has been limited by injury.
Why Chicago will win: Tom Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the country, squeezing so much out of this team despite Derrick Rose’s full-season absence. His defense should make things very difficult for Brooklyn. And the Bulls have a more complete roster.
Did you know? The Bulls have five players who won NCAA championships, the most in the NBA.
Prediction: Bulls in 6.… [For more on Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA playoff preview, click here.]