Following their 117-95 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, the Chicago Bulls’ record now stands at 24-49. With only 9 games left on their schedule for the 2017-18 season, the Bulls may not be playing for positioning in the playoffs, but instead playing for positioning in the upcoming NBA Draft this summer.
Here’s my predictions for the Bulls the rest of the way and what that will subsequently mean for their standing for the NBA Draft.
at Houston Rockets (3/27)
This is the second and final matchup of the season for these two. The first game in January was a relatively close one with the Rockets prevailing 116-107. The Houston Rockets are the league’s best team and there’s no sign of them letting up against the Bulls.
at Miami Heat ( 3/29)
This is the final matchup of the season for the Heat and Bulls, with the Bulls looking to even up the series at two games apiece. The Bulls have played the Heat close all season long, with their only win against them coming in mid January by a final score of 119-111. Although Miami has only beaten the Bulls by an average of less than 7 points in their two wins this season, all signs point to them coming out with the victory again with playoff positioning so crucial with Miami currently in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference.
at Orlando Magic (3/30)
The Bulls are 3-0 against the Orlando Magic this year with an average margin of victory of 15 points. Even though the season has been one to forget, I’m sure the Bulls will take a 4-0 series sweep as a small victory.
v.s. Washington Wizards (4/1)
The Bulls will be at home for the first time in over a week to play a Wizards team that is currently right in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference standings. With the possibility of a first round matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers staring them down, expect Washington to play to their potential as a way to tune up in preparation for a deep run. The Bulls have dropped the first two games of 3 to the Wizards this season. So while it would be an Easter treat to see them step up and do the unexpected in knocking them off, the Wiz will probably make them look like April Fools.
v.s. Charlotte Hornets (4/3)
The last time the Hornets and Bulls faced-off on February 27th, the Bulls were treated to a 15 point drubbing at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. While the Hornets are 6 games back of the Milwaukee Bucks for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East, don’t expect them to lay down against the Bulls. After all, it will be Social Media Night. Dwight Howard just went for the league’s first 30/30 game in over 8 years and the Hornets vanquished the lowly Memphis Grizzlies by 61 points in the same week. Surely they’re relishing at the chance to flex their muscles one last time.
at Boston Celtics (4/6)
The Boston Celtics are in playoff mode. End of story.
v.s. Brooklyn Nets (4/7)
Prediction : Win
Throwing out the Nets 17 point win over the Bulls earlier in the season, they have practically been equal in terms of being just plain unbearable to this point. On this night, I think the Bulls will be a little bit better than Brooklyn (which isn’t saying much).
at Brooklyn Nets (4/9)
Come on. There’s no way they would win them both.
v.s. Detroit Pistons (4/11)
The Bulls are at home for their final game of the season. It’s Fan Appreciation Night. The Bulls lead the league in attendance. All of the stars will align and the Bulls will play well, sending their fans home with a good taste in their mouths as a thank you, because this story needs a good ending.
Bulls 2017-18 Record: 27-55
Traditionally, the team with the league’s worst record has the best percentage chance to secure the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. The Bulls aren’t the worst team in the association record wise right now, so even if they lose the rest of the way there’s no telling how the ping pong balls will bounce. All fans can do is hope for the best. We have seen draft miracles happen before. Anything is possible.
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