Bulls Vs. Hawks Predictions: Carlos Boozer Key To Chicago Waltz

By Matt B. of Blog a Bull, SB Nation's Chicago Bulls blog.

I hope the Bulls themselves are taking the series more seriously than the fans are. While the Bulls haven't been playing their best thus far in the playoffs, the series-clinching game against Indiana brought back some confidence, and the Hawks just seem like a particularly favorable matchup. They have fewer options than most to slow down Derrick Rose (especially in the wake of Kirk Hinrich's injury), and run a slowed-down isolation offense that should play right into the Bulls league-leading defense. I see the Bulls maybe slipping up in a game with a high amount of turnovers and the Hawks being able to run out to a lead and hold off a Bulls comeback, but not much else going wrong.

The Bulls certainly could've lost more than one game to Indiana, and for all the dogging I give the Hawks they're better than the Pacers. But Noah improved throughout round one, and there's a hope that there's no way Boozer can be as bad going forward. So Bulls in 5.

Be sure to check out our Bulls vs. Hawks hub for full series coverage. For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull. For more on the Hawks, visit Peachtree Hoops.

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