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Monday, April 15, 2013
Hawks or Bulls: What's your pick?

By Mike Mazzeo

The Brooklyn Nets are locked into the No. 4 seed, but their first-round playoff opponent has yet to be determined.

The Atlanta Hawks (44-36) currently lead the Chicago Bulls (43-37) by a game with two games remaining in the regular season. The Hawks end their season with the Raptors (Tuesday) and Knicks (Wednesday); the Bulls end their season with the Magic (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday).

Chicago holds the tiebreaker over Atlanta by virtue of winning the season-series, 2-1.

Who would you rather the Nets play?

Most fans I've polled on Twitter would rather the Nets face the Hawks. The Nets went 1-3 against the Bulls, who are banged up but still giving maximum effort under Tom Thibodeau, the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2011. The Bulls excel on defense and play an intense, physical brand of basketball. And there's always the possibility, no matter how remote, that Derrick Rose comes back for the postseason.

The Hawks and Nets split their season series, 2-2. Atlanta has a solid frontcourt featuring Josh Smith and Al Horford, and its speedy backcourt featuring Jeff Teague and Devin Harris has caused problems for Brooklyn.

Still, I have to agree that the Nets have a better chance of getting past the Hawks than they do the Bulls.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.