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The Bulls have an opportunity to sweep their series tomorrow before some teams play even their 3rd postseason game. This would provide them a long opportunity to rest up and prepare for the Atlanta Hawks or Orlando Magic. Given Thib’s ability to game plan, and all of the fouls that Derrick has taken in the first 3 games, I think an extended break would be a nice thing, especially when you consider the fact that the Atlanta/Orlando series looks like it will go deep. Therefore, I would really like to see the Bulls wrap this one up in four, rather than waiting till game 5 to finish the Pacers off in Chicago.

Speaking of the number of hits Derrick has taken, I’m really starting to get nervous about that. With the Pacers chances of winning the series on life support, I worry that their frustrations will lead to cheap shots on Derrick. You can argue whether or not some of the shots on Derrick have been “dirty” this series, but I think some certainly have been. If they continue to hammer Derrick in Game 4 without even pretending to go for the ball, I think somebody has to step up and get a T for the Bulls. Not Derrick, but somebody else. I’d love to see Kurt Thomas deliver a bow to Foster’s face or something like that, just to send a message to the rest of the league that if you’re going to hammer our guy, there will be some repercussions. We’re not just gonna sit by and let it happen. With the series being all but over, this is the perfect time to send that message.

It will be interesting to see how the Pacers will come out in this one. Do they show some pride and play their hearts out trying to win one for their fans or do 3 tough losses with squandered leads take their toll in them mentally and emotionally and do they lay down a little bit? Honestly, I think the latter is a lot more likely. Judging by the quotes from guys like Vogel and Collison they sounded pretty defeated after game 3.  

Stat of the Day:

Kyle Korver is 7-for-8 from behind the 3-Point line this series

Probable Indiana Starters:

G – Darren Collison, 11.3 PPG

G – Paul George, 4.7 PPG

F – Danny Granger, 21.3 PPG

F – Tyler Hansbrough, 12.7 PPG

C – Roy Hibbert, 8.3 PPG

Probable Chicago Starters:

G – Derrick Rose, 32.7 PPG

G – Keith Bogans, 4.0 PPG

F – Luol Deng, 17.7 PPG

F – Carlos Boozer, 11.0 PPG

C – Joakim Noah, 8.3 PPG

Prediction:

Current Line: Chicago (-4.5), Over/Under 187.5

I predicted Bulls in 4 before the series started and I’m standing by that prediction. I think this series is over. You have to give Indiana credit for how tough they have played in the first 3 games, but I think that the Bulls have proven that even at less than their best they are better than the Indiana Pacers. The Bulls have one of the best crunch time players in the league, while the Pacers have really struggled in the final minutes of all 3 games. The Pacers sounded defeated after game 3 and the Bulls could benefit from the extra rest and sweep would provide them with.

Bulls 98 Pacers 86