The Chicago Bulls continue to honor the 20th anniversary of the first title during the season with their best chance to win one since the end of the Jordan era. With Boston losing two straight, the Bulls now have a legitimate chance to take the East and the much easier playoff route that goes along with it.
To continue on that journey, they face the Jazz tonight. The Bulls will still be missing Carlos Boozer, but the Jazz have been in a funk since long before losing Deron Williams, and it hasn't gotten any better with the trade deadline.
Keys to the game
Same thing as every night pinkie....
Games against mediocre to poor teams typically have similar keys; defend, rebound, control turnovers, and play with energy. If the Bulls control those basic keys to the game they'll have an easy win.
Jam the paint on defense
The Jazz aren't really filled with sharp shooters, so If the Bulls can keep them out of the paint, they should have an easy job slowing the Utah offense.
Attack the paint on offense
The Jazz don't have much interior defense or shot blocking to scare you. Outside of Kirlenko, who's playing through an injury, there's not a lot of help defense coming. As such, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng should do plenty of damage at the rim.
Enjoy the half time celebration
There really aren't many opportunities to celebrate the dynasty Bulls with the players who brought us the titles. It's a shame that Jackson and Cartwright can't be there, but when was the last time you saw Horace, Scottie, and Michael in the same room?
It's going to be a pretty special night to relive some memories, so soak it up.
I can't imagine the Bulls dropping a game to the Jazz at the United Center, but stranger things have happened. Paul Millsap has been out, and while I can't find any official confirmation of whether he's playing or not, I'll assume he's sitting again which should make the game all the easier.
However, Millsap or no Millsap, I look for a Bulls win.