I know it's the most exciting time of the year for basketball for many fans, but this is a Bulls game you don't want to miss.
10: Paul George has slowed down a tad, but he's proven to become a legit superstarish type. He's averaging 22 points a game with a TS% of 56.5%. I've been a George doubter, but I'll be excited as hell if Derrick Rose can ever average those numbers again and am quite certain he won't be giving me the rest of what George gives the Pacers on defense.
9: The Bulls offense stinks. You know this. However, if not watching closely you may have missed out on the fact that it's actually gotten better. Chicago's passing has actually been perhaps the best it has ever been in the post Jordan era over the past month with Joakim Noah leading the charge.
8: The Pacers and Bulls are built from the same model. They play hard. They defend. They can't consistently shoot the three. Both teams will try to out intensify each other which means bodies will be flying, people will be screaming, and a playoff atmosphere will be had.
7: You want to know if the Bulls should try to sign Lance Stephenson next season. Stephenson is possibly the second best realistic FA no the market next season, and Chicago may look to bid on him. I'm betting 'no' on this one, but if you haven't seen him play much then now's your chance. He's an athletic two guard who can score, defend, and make two to three really dumb ass decisions a game.
6: Look, no one's mistaking the Bulls for a title contender, but they're certainly playing some pretty high quality basketball at times. They're beating a lot of good teams and Kevin Love even called Joakim Noah one of the most entertaining players in the league to watch.
5: There's a two percent chance that Jimmer Fredette will get into the game.
4: You probably only have around 20-25 games left to see D.J. Augustin in a Bulls uniform. Do you really want to miss one?
3: Indiana's got the best record in the conference and tied for the second best in the NBA, but they've been struggling lately. They've dropped their last 5 games to teams over .500 (losses to Dallas x2, Houston, Golden State, and Minnesota).
This makes them ripe to get picked off. This game's in Indiana, and nothing feels better than watching the Bulls beat a good team on the road. I wouldn't put money on the Bulls to take this game, but I think their practical odds are better than my gut feeling odds, and you don't want to miss the Bulls beating one of the NBA's elite.
2: These teams don't like each other. Joakim doesn't like these guys. Any opponent that Noah legitimately doesn't like means he gets up for that game big time. It means something interesting almost always happens. He's going to be jacked. It might mean a triple double, it might mean he falls flat on his face, but it won't be boring.
1: Let's face it, you can just look up your bracket score tomorrow and tune in when it gets far more interesting during the sweet 16. Who really cares about the round of 64?
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