Looking at the schedules a bit, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bulls make a run at this.
At first glance, their schedule seems somewhat tough (for the East), but there are a few factors which go majorly in their favor:
1. Addition by subtraction- I think they can still gel
2. Closeness in the standings-
3. The schedule- Their last 6 games (Miami, Orlando, Cleveland, Orlando, Milwaukee, Toronto) are all against teams that are either tanking or could be resting their starters because of a set seed.
It’s not a prediction yet, but it could become interesting.