Feb 01, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) boxes out Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Bulls 98-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Pippen Ain't Easy Pregame Report: Game 1

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago Bulls (0-0) vs. Philadelphia Sixers (0-0)

Chicago Bulls (0-0) vs. Philadelphia Sixers (0-0) Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Location: United Center

Time: Noon CST/1:00pm EST

TV: ComcastSportsNet-Chicago

Nat’l TV: TNT

Radio: ESPN 1000

Line: Bulls by 9.5

Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — NONE

PHILADELPHIA — SF Sam Young  (DAY-TO-DAY), F Thaddeus Young (DAY-TO-DAY), PF Elton Brand (DAY-TO-DAY), SF Andre Iguodala (DAY-TO-DAY), PG Lou Williams (DAY-TO-DAY)

Key Matchup: Bulls vs. The Injury Bug

In recapping the regular season, the biggest headline would “Bulls Win Despite Derrick Rose” and by this I mean Rose’s injuries caused him to miss almost 45 percent of the season. In the playoffs every little flaw or weakness is magnified and Rose’s injuries will be at the top of the list. If he can stay healthy, the Bulls very much can make it to the NBA Finals. But this is the game he needs to establish himself. Jrue Holiday isn’t that great of a point guard and Rose can really get back into the groove of things in Game 1. The Bulls need him so it’s crucial to see how Rose does and where he’s at in his recovery.

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Last 10 Games









Last Game: Bulls beat Cavaliers 107-75, Sixers lost to Pistons 108-89

Last Meeting: March 17, 2012 — Bulls 89, Sixers 80

Last Playoff Meeting: May 4, 1991 — Bulls 100, Sixers 95

Playoff Series History: Bulls lead series 8-2

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Prediction:  Bulls 98, Sixers 83

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