With the season coming to a close most teams are ramping up the intensity to close out the season with a bang, prior to post season play. This is especially the case for both the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls. They are both fighting for the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference which is crucial for play off positioning. Fighting for the 3rd position in the Eastern Conference is crucial as the team in the 3rd spot will have to play a series with the Wizards where the 4th position will have to battle out a 7 game series with the Nets.
No disrespect to the Wizards, but right not the Nets is a far better team overall and will be far tougher in a series. Whether you win or lose against the Nets it will take a lot out of a team to even get past the Nets. There is no doubt that this is running through the heads of both coaches and players from both the Raptors and Bulls. As it stands Chicago will need an extra win in their last 6 games in relation to the Raptors.
Both the Bulls and Raptors have another 6 games before the end of the season and as it looks now the Raptors have an easier stretch than the Bulls. As the hardest team the Raptors will be facing is the Knicks and with their past few performance being far from NBA standard Raptors should cruise right on through. The Bulls however still have to play against the Wizards, Timberwolves and Bobcats among other teams.
With the Raptors on fire winning 2 of their last 3 games against the Heat, Rockets, and Pacers. I have no doubt that the Raptors will close it out in style and take the 3rd position in the Eastern Conference. However as the Bulls are still the better team when it comes to the final teams they will have to close out the season against it is very possible that they win all 6 forcing Toronto to follow suit or else face placing in 4th.
Who do you think will finish in 3rd position in the Eastern Conference? Who do you believe will win the Eastern Conference Finals and which team do you support? Join in the conversation and let me know in the comments section below.