2013 NBA Playoffs In-Depth Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls—Breakdown and Prediction

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Apr 4, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) defends Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Chicago won 92-90. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

By Andre Herring III (@AHerringIII) of LAB Nation (@italklab) With Minor footnote-like Additions by Presto Lead Editor (and Inadvertent Blabber Mouth) Brett David Roberts (@BDRHoops)

In the NBA Playoffs 4/5 matchups often tend to make for a compelling series in the opening round. This one is no exception, as two very evenly matched teams square off for the chance to face what will almost certainly end up being the Miami Heat in the second round, barring some kind of lightning in a bottle performance from Milwaukee Bucks backcourt gunners Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.

That said: The Nets and Bulls should be a series we’ll enjoy and talk fondly afterwards. Chicago won the regular season series 3-1. However, we’ve often seen this can mean very little in the post season when rotations tighten up, defenses try harder, and games just flat out mean more.

Teams can now hone in on their single opponents for the next few weeks, which usually renders the series far more intense given the developments that happen from players and coaches squaring off against one another over the course of a couple weeks.

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