3. Chicago Bulls

Record: 7 - 2
Last Week's Rank: 3
Last Week's Results: W vs. Memphis, 104-64 (Sunday); W vs. Atlanta, 76-74 (Tuesday); W @ Detroit, 99-83 (Wednesday); W @ Orlando, 97-83 (Friday); L @ Atlanta, 94-109(Saturday)
This Week: vs. Detroit, Monday (1/9); @ Minnesota, Tuesday (1/10); vs. Washington, Wednesday (1/11); @ Boston, Friday (1/13); vs. Toronto, Saturday (1/14)

Aside from their blowout loss to the Hawks on Saturday night, the week went about as well as it could have for the Bulls. They demolished the Grizzlies, showed great resilience by overcoming a huge deficit to the Hawks in their first matchup this week, and won an impressive road game against the Magic. And things should get even better this week. The Celtics could pose a threat, but everyone else on their schedule has a below-.500 record. And they'll need to keep racking up wins if they want to keep pace with the Heat in the Eastern Conference. For this week, we fully expect them to do that. Don't look for a drop-off from this squad anytime soon.—Chris Yuscavage