The Chicago Bulls take on the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of this opening-round playoff series. If the Bulls hope to advance, they'll likely need Joakim Noah to be at the top of his game. He averaged 12.7 PPG, 13.3 RPG and 4.0 APG versus the Wizards this year. Likewise, the Wizards may rely heavily on John Wall, who averaged 20.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 8.0 APG versus the Bulls. Washington won the close season series, managing a 2-1 record versus Chicago. If the Bulls make some adjustments from the regular season matchup, they should be able to compete in this series.
The Chicago Bulls are ready to make an impact in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with good record of 48-34. On the other hand, the Washington Wizards enter the postseason after a solid regular season in which they posted a record of 44-38.
Chicago is among the NBA's elite in a trio of advanced metrics, including effective field goal percentage defense (second), opponents' free throw attempt rate (fourth), and forced turnover percentage (fifth). The Wizards, however, are not in the top five in any advanced metrics.