(1) Chicago Bulls (50-16)
1st round foe: (8) Philadelphia 76ers (35-31).
Biggest concern vs. 76ers: Don’t have a true superstar, but enough good players to make you have to compete to beat them.
Last 10: 7-3 (Won 3)
Strengths: Defense. The Bulls lead the NBA in fewest points allowed (88.17 per game). They have front-court depth, great team chemistry and a closer in Derrick Rose.
Weaknesses: Key injuries to their two best players – Rose and Luol Deng – make them vulnerable. Although they’ve had success without Rose, in the playoffs, he’ll need to be close to 100 percent to reach NBA Finals.