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Cavs Nation’s Second Round NBA Playoff Predictions

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Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Chicago Bulls (3)

Prediction: Cavs in 7

With the loss of Kevin Love for the remainder of the season, and J.R. Smith for Game 1 and 2, Cleveland must call upon their seasoned veterans to lead the charge off the bench. LeBron will likely see time at the four spot, with Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert seeing extended court time as well.

The Bulls will push the Cavaliers to the absolute brink in what will be an extremely exciting series. Rose vs Kyrie, LeBron vs Jimmy Butler, Mozgov vs Noah. All the matchups tell us that this will be a tough one to win.

If the Bulls are to pull this one through, it will be through the depth of their bench. Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell, E’Twaun Moore, Doug McDermott, Nicola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Nazr Mohammed. The list kind of goes on and on.

Depth is all good and well, but there’s one thing the Cavs have, that the Bulls don’t. LeBron James. James loves playing, and beating the Bulls. LeBron has a career record of 24-20 against the Chicago Bulls, but the playoffs is a different animal.

James has played three playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in his career, (two with the Heat and one with the Cavs) and won all three series 4-1. In 44 career games against the Bulls, LeBron has never scored less than 16 points, and has a career average of 27.2 PPG.

For the Bulls to win the series they will have to call upon Jimmy Butler to score, facilitate, and guard LeBron James at a high level. No pressure, kid.

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