With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls' path toward the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is clearer than ever: Beat the Miami Heat on Thursday night and lock up the top spot.
It's a goal that Tom Thibodeau and his players have talked about all season and it's something they take pride in. They want all the accolades that come with earning the Eastern Conference's top spot, specifically the homecourt advantage the team would enjoy during the playoffs. If the Bulls don't win Thursday night, they would be just one game up in the loss column with tough games against the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers staring them in the face.
The only other possibility the Bulls will think about later tonight is that the New York Knicks can clinch a playoff berth with a loss by the Milwaukee Bucks. If seeds hold to form, the Bulls would play the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.