By Josh Cohen

#1 Chicago Bulls
          VS.
#8 Toronto Raptors

WHY CHI #1: As long as there are no hiccups with Derrick Rose’s health this season – and that is a big IF considering he missed a year-and-a-half with an ACL injury – the Bulls look like they will be able to pick up where they left off prior to his injury. Joakim Noah’s health is also a bit of a concern, but the development of Jimmy Butler and adding Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell in the offseason will help stabilize Chicago’s bench.

WHY TOR #8: Will Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross coexist for an entire season and will Jonas Valanciunas prove his dominant Summer League performance was no accident? The Raptors are talented enough to be a playoff team but absent is experience and defensive commitment.

SERIES OUTCOME: Bulls in 5.

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