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Wizards vs. Bulls

Gilbert Arenas had a breakthrough season but will be getting his first taste of playoff basketball. He must strike a balance between scoring and keeping his teammates in the flow. Chris Duhon and Kirk Hinrich essentially form an interchangeable back court and either player can bring the ball up the floor.

Arenas (25.5 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.7 rgp)


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Duhon (5.9 ppg, 4.9 apg, 2.6 rpg)

Edge: Arenas

Shooting Guard

This will be the most intriguing matchup because Larry Hughes may be Washington's most valuable player. He must score, provide some rebounding and keep Kirk Hinrich from getting to the basket. Hinrich is a steady player who continues to improve. Hughes likely will defend Ben Gordon at crunch time.

Hughes (22 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg)

Hinrich (15.7 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.9 rpg)

Edge: Hughes

Small Forward

Andres Nocioni is a streaky scorer and pesky defender while Jared Jeffries is a difference maker for the Wizards because when he scores in double figures, they usually win. Nocioni hit only 25.8 percent of his three-point attempts, but is capable of getting hot and carrying the Bulls for a quarter or a half at a time.

Jeffries (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2 apg)

Nocioni (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)

Edge: Nocioni


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