Maybe the Cavs should just get a bye

It’s a battle of attrition between the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors for the final playoff spot in the East. The Bulls had a chance to take sole possession last night against the Nets, but lost. Yes, they lost to the Nets. That, coupled with the Raptors’ loss to Atlanta, leaves the teams tied at 38-41 with three games to play.

Do either of these teams deserve to play in the postseason?

The two teams square off on Sunday (on NBATV) and the Raptors hold the tiebraker if they’re still tied at the end of the season. In addition to the Raptors, the Bulls face the Celtics and Bobcats next week while Toronto has the Pistons and the Knicks. While it appears that the Raptors have an easier schedule, Boston and Charlotte might be coasting into the playoffs while the Pistons and Knicks may relish an opportunity to play a meaningful game at the end of the season and spoil Toronto’s playoff hopes.

The Bucks are also watching closely. Milwaukee gets to swap draft picks with Chicago as a part of the John Salmons trade, so the Bucks could move up to #12 if the Bulls miss the playoffs. If Chicago makes the postseason, Milwaukee will get the #15 pick instead.

The Raptors hold the tiebraker, but the Bulls are playing better basketball of late. They’re relatively healthy while the Raptors will be without Chris Bosh for the remainder of the regular season. Even though Sunday’s game is in Toronto, my guess is that Chicago eventually gets the final playoff spot.

That is, unless the Celtics decide to take last year’s spirited playoff series with the Bulls as motivation for next week’s game…hmm…

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