Bulls at Cavaliers — 7pm on CSN-Chicago
They’ve won the top spot in their division for the second straight year, they’ve won the top spot in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year and the Chicago Bulls are going for the trifecta tonight with the top overall seed in the NBA Playoffs on the line.
The Bulls major competition, as was the case last year, is the San Antonio Spurs. Not only is Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich the only real contender with Tom Thibodeau for Coach of the Year, but the Spurs are tied with the Bulls for the best overall record in all of basketball.
The Bulls have secured him court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs but don’t assume that means the United Center will host all of the playoffs for Chicago. If the Spurs win tonight and the Bulls lose, then if the two teams meet in the Finals, then San Antonio owns the home court advantage.
Now if the Spurs lose, then Chicago owns a better record then the Heat and the Thunder and everyone from there down, so it is only an issue of the Spurs make it all the way to the Finals.
But why leave anything to chance? The Bulls want peace of mind when it comes to home court and to lock it all up will just make things easier down the road.
The Spurs get the Warriors in what will be the last game to be played not he last day of the regular season. So if the Bulls somehow lose to the Kyrie Irving led Cavaliers tonight then all hope is not yet lost. A Spurs loss would offset a Bulls loss and Chicago would win the top seed in the NBA.
Outside of the possibility of playing the Spurs in the Finals, it’s not wildly important to win the best record in the NBA outside of bragging rights.
But it wouldn’t hurt to know you’re the best in the NBA despite playing almost 45 percent of your games without your superstar leader and after surviving a season of harsh injuries to your lineup.
But as we learned last year, you can win it all in the regular season, but that doesn’t guarantee a thing once the playoffs start.