Bulls vs Heat(starting lineup is questionable)
Rose vs Lebron James- It hurts to say the Rose doesn't have a head to head matchup advantage against someone, but the other person happens to be the back to back league MVP.
Brewer vs Wade- Wade is a Chicago guy, so it hurts less to say he has a huge advantage over Brewer (noticing a trend in my three posts about matchups haha). Keep Wade under 20 points and it is a significant plus for the bulls. Wade can go for 40 any given night.
Deng vs Miller- Yay, Chicago has an advantage! Deng has to go off if Miller is guarding him. If Lebron guards him w/ Miller taking Brewer and Wade taking Rose (what I would do if I was Spolstra) then Deng's offense is not as important, but Rose's output would increase.
Boozer vs Bosh- Once again, Boozer can score on anyone one v one, but if Bosh's output is equal or similar to Boozers then the bulls are done for.
Noah vs Haslem- Noah has a huge advantage here. Bring in Joel Anthony and Big Z and Noah STILL has a huge advantage. Might have the best series for the bulls due to the matchups.
Bench- Heat have aforementioned big men, Mario Chalmers and Eddie House. CJ Watson can match Mario and I would go as far as saying Korver would have a distinct advantage over Eddie House (and I love House). However, does the bulls bench have enough to make up for the differences the Heat's starters create?
I don't think so and that is why the Heat are the only team I think the Bulls cannot beat in a 7 game series from the East.
Six teams still have cap room, although three don’t have much to work with – the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats are all within $430k of the cap.
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