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Playoff odds: Bulls play Orlando - Same team we beat last night

How good do the Bulls look post-trade? Chicago routed Orlando last night to climb within a game of Milwaukee for the East's final playoff spot, and did it in style. The Bulls' playing rotation was once a mess; suddenly, it's a nice, tight nine-man operation with two bigs who can shoot, a skilled combo guard and a talented two-way wing reserve coming off the pine. Chicago still doesn't have much in the way of star power (Derrick Rose may change that down the road, but not yet), and that puts a cap on how high the Bulls can go. Nonetheless, they have a light closing schedule with just 11 road games and a series of faltering squads just ahead of them in the standings. Today's Playoff Odds project Chicago to finish with the No. 6 seed in the East after climbing all the way to .500, which would be impressive considering they were 18-27 on Jan. 25. They've also climbed to No. 11 in today's Power Rankings, the fourth-highest mark in the East; at this point, they have to be looked at as a sneaky-tough playoff opponent in the first round. And interestingly enough, if they do claim that No. 6 seed, their likely first-round opponent would be the same Orlando team they blew away last night.

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