[1] Cleveland Cavs vs. [8] Chicago Bulls

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why the Cavaliers can win: The Cavaliers won a league-best 61 games despite resting likely repeat MVP LeBron James the final two weeks of the season. James is eager to deliver a title for long-suffering Cleveland fans after failing last postseason. With new addition Antawn Jamison, the Cavaliers are incredibly deep, but they will have to get re-acclimated to Shaquille O'Neal, who missed the final 23 regular season games with a right thumb injury.

Why the Bulls can win: Chicago split the season series against Cleveland and has been in postseason form for weeks, having won 10 of 14 games to earn the final playoff spot. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah have returned from injuries and the Bulls may have a chance if the team can show the same fight that Vinny Del Negro and John Paxson did in the coach's office last month.

Difference maker: Derrick Rose, Bulls. As a rookie last year, Rose almost single-handedly led the Bulls to an upset of the Boston Celtics. He has scored at least 20 points in 9 of past 10 games.

Bottom line: Cavaliers in five.


Saturday: Chicago at Cleveland, 3

Monday: Chicago at Cleveland, 8

Thursday: Cleveland at Chicago, 7

April 25: Cleveland at Chicago, 3:30

April 27*: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD

April 29*: Cleveland at Chicago, TBD

May 1*: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD

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