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Chicago Bulls Could Clinch Playoff Spot Wednesday

20 April 2017

The Brooklyn Nets were without Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez and four other players on Wednesday's final regular season game against the Chicago Bulls. It could be an easy win for Chicago, which means they will make the playoffs with a win. Boston closed out the regular season with a 112-94 win over the Bucks at TD Garden, but that result really didn't matter because the Cavs (51-31) had conceded the No. 1 seed to Boston. "Looks can be very deceiving". It's been a topic of conversation all season, but in this case, it's a good thing for the Bulls. The Celtics need only to win to take the first seed. Miami has won and covered the spread in four straight meetings with Washington, including all three encounters this season. "Everybody had a challenging season".

He wanted to play mainly because it was a chance to go up against his brother, Bulls center Robin Lopez. Every team, especially in the Eastern Conference, has had its ups and downs, has had a challenging year.

"It says 1 [vs.] 8", Wade said of the seedings of each team.

Ironically, Chicago faces the Nets on the final night of the regular season.

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The Washington Wizards and Miami Heat meet Wednesday in National Basketball Association action at the American Airlines Arena. I have a feeling that much like the 81 games that preceded it, this one is going to be all about how far Jimmy Butler can carry the team and if the March-April version of Nikola Mirotic shows up or not. "We're looking out for what's best for the Nets". With that opportunity, Archie Goodwin posted 20 points on 63.6 percent shooting in 29 minutes to lead Brooklyn in scoring.

Chicago shot 43.2 percent from the field (41 of 95) and 46.7 percent from 3-point range (14 of 30). We have to improve as it was clear tonight. The Bulls would extend their lead to 30 points, as the Nets trailed 99-69 with under five minutes left in the game. They also had eight turnovers in a 27-13 first quarter.

The Bulls will play the Boston Celtics in the first round. Kawhi Leonard will wrap up his MVP case against the Blazers and Jazz, and Gregg Popovich has said he won't be resting players these final two games. John Wall is averaging 23.1 points and 10.7 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 23.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Rondo was back in the starting lineup. "I'm with the Bulls now". Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg will work to improve a team that finished the season on a 60-win pace.

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"This is a great group and everything that we went through together brought it out", Spoelstra said. "At the end of the game, we've got to have more points than the Brooklyn Nets".

"I just want everybody to lock in and realize how important this game is", Butler said. I think everyone plays 82 games and each one is just as valuable. Heck, they even beat the Bulls the last time these two teams played (which was last Saturday). "So, you could look at it from so many different angles". "Now the fun begins". "There's a chance (they increase)".

"For a long time, we were stuck on nine wins", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. If the Clippers win, they will get fourth place and home-court in the first round. At 41-41, Chicago secured its ninth consecutive season without a losing record.

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