Updated: Apr 20, 2005, 5:56 PM

Vote: Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards


The ultimate goal for each of the 16 teams in the NBA postseason is 16 wins a parade with a very shiny trophy. But the journey begins with a best-of-seven challenge in the first round. Will any of the favorites fall victim to overconfidence in the postseason's opening stanza? For that matter, do the seedings really tell us who the favorites are? We're asking SportsNation to break down each opening-round series.

No. 4 Chicago vs. No. 5 Washington: It seems like these teams reguarly did battle for the fourth and fifth pick in the NBA draft, but a first-round pairing as the fourth and fifth seeds in the Eastern Conference? Ben Gordon and the Bulls roared to a strong finish, but will they falter without Eddy Curry and Luol Deng? And will Antawn Jamison and the Wizards be up to the postseason challenge?

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