Prior to the start of the 2010-11 NBA Regular Season, the Miami Heat were the odds-on favourite to win the NBA Finals. Now many aren’t so sure. But I think it is fair to say it’s a slam dunk they’ll advance to the second round.
(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Indiana Pacers–
Bulls Top Three– Derrick Rose 25.0 PPG, 7.7 APG; Carlos Boozer 17.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG; Luol Deng 17.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG
Pacers Top Three–Danny Granger 20.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG; Darren Collison 13.2 PPG, 5.1 APG; Roy Hibbert 12.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG.
Analysis: The 2010-11 Chicago Bulls may not be as good of a team as any Bulls squad in the 1990s during the Michael Jordan days, but they are currently an elite team in the NBA heading into the postseason. Rookie head coach Tom Thibodeau deserves a lot of credit for improving the Bulls by 21 wins and from eighth place in the East to first. The other is the addition of Carlos Boozer, who had a terrific career in Utah. If center Joakim Noah stays healthy (averaged a double double), this series will end fast. Bulls in four.