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NBA Game Rankings: 12/14/10

While they may not have even reached their potential yet, the Chicago Bulls have looked very, very good lately. The defensive mastermind that is Tom Thibodeau has got this team heading in the right direction, but it hasn’t just been about defense. It’s also been about Derrick Rose, who could be easily be in the discussion for early-season MVP. Rose just handles the ball in such an confident way that he can pretty much take over a game any time he wants, and that bodes well for this Chicago team that has to compete against the likes of the Celtics, Heat, and Magic if they want to reach the NBA Finals.

Here’s a look at tonight’s schedule:

#7: Philadelphia 76ers (8-15) at New Jersey Nets (6-18) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

#6: Toronto Raptors (9-15) at Charlotte Bobcats (8-15) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

#5: Minnesota Timberwolves (6-18) at Golden State Warriors (8-16) – 10:30 PM ET, Regional

#4: Sacramento Kings (5-16) at Houston Rockets (9-14) – 8:30 PM ET, Regional

#3: Atlanta Hawks (16-9) at Detroit Pistons (7-18) – 7:30 PM ET, Regional

#2: Los Angeles Lakers (17-7) at Washington Wizards (6-16) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

#1: Orlando Magic (16-8) at Denver Nuggets (14-9) – 9:00 PM ET, NBA TV

Who ya got tonight? Magic or Nuggets?

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