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Old 04-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default EC PLAYOFFS RD 1 : (1)CHI BULLS vs (8)PHI 76ERS

STARTERS:

CHI

Derrick Rose
Rip Hamilton
Luol Deng
Carlos Boozer
Joakim Noah

PHI

Jrue Holiday
Jodie Meeks
Andre Iguodala
Elton Brand
Nikola Vujevic

KEY ROTATION PLAYERS:

CHI

CJ Watson
Ronnie Brewer
Kyle Korver
Taj Gibson
Omer Asik


PHI

Lou Williams
Evan Turner
Thaddeus Young
Spencer Hawes


Key Matchups:

The one upside PHI has going in to this series is they can play to a standstill one of CHIs biggest advantages, which is their bench. CHIs bench is arguably the best in the NBA, but PHI comes off the bench with 4 guys all capable of putting 15+ points in any particular game.

Derrick Rose and rebounding(as in most cases) will be the key in this series if PHI wants to win games though. I expect Iguodala to shut down Deng as he usually does, so if Jrue Holiday can play decent, and if Rose is still not fully healthy, PHI may actually have a shot at winning a game or two in this series.

PREDICTION:

CHI in 5. CHI SHOULD receive a bigger test than they may imagine as PHI doesnt match up all that horribly with them, but I think the main internal test for CHI is to try and get the Rose/Hamilton backcourt in stride heading in to the next tough 2 upcoming rounds.
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