The Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards will come together in Game 1 of their Round 1 NBA 2014 Playoffs series on Sunday night. This match up is a hard one to call and both teams finished the regular season among the most impressive defensively. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TNT network. It can also be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Many had expected the Bulls' season to fall apart and for the team to drift away from the Playoffs. The worst was expected when Derrick Rose suffered his second season ending injury in as many years. However, credit has to go to coach Tom Thibodeau and Joakim Noah, who have driven the team hard, and have allowed them to achieve more than most could have expected.
Noah has recorded triple digits and has been the spine of the team in both offense and defense, and he will be a major player to decide whether the Bulls can progress beyond Round 1 of the postseason.
The Wizards meanwhile have had a solid season defensively, but have also come a long way offensively too. In the 2012-13 season they were ranked bottom offensively, but have come all the way up to 17th. That combined with a top 10 defense has allowed them to make significant strides, and they will have hopes of going far in this season's playoffs.
Out of the two, Chicago have the slight edge defensively, as they have ranked second in the NBA this season. However, the Wizards are almost four points per 100 possession better on offense, and that balances things out and makes for an intriguing series between the two.
The Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards will start at 7 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TNT network or online through free live stream by clicking here.