The 2011 NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, with eight first-round series all playing their first game over the weekend. Who do we think will move on? Will there be any upsets? Which series will end quickly, and which will go the distance? SB Nation's trio of NBA writers -- Tom Ziller, Mike Prada and Andrew Sharp -- will be making their picks for each pick in this StoryStream. Here are their picks for the Bulls vs. Pacers series.
Bulls in 4. Thibodeau with time to prepare and gameplan? Are you kidding me? Rose is by far the best player in the series, and frankly, the Bulls may have four of the best five players here (with forgotten man Danny Granger slipping in behind Rose, Noah, Luol Deng and Boozer). This series should almost certainly be over in five, but I'll predict four.
ANDREW SHARP (link)
Yeah, so... The Pick: Bulls in 4.
Chicago might struggle a bit with Indiana's frontcourt, but c'mon, who is guarding Derrick Rose? Also, how, exactly, will the Pacers score any points with Luol Deng's stifling defense on Danny Granger and Rose's much-improved defense on Darren Collison. Bulls in 4
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