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NBA - US Sports: Vucevic convinced Bulls can challenge

Chicago Bulls claimed a vital 98-94 win at Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday to boost their chances of securing a top six seeding in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls are 50/1 to win the NBA Championship outright, while defending champions Milwaukee Bucks can be backed at 6/1.

Back on track

Chicago have been in the top six in the East for the majority of the season but a run of five defeats in six games prior to the win at Cleveland had left them looking over their shoulders.

Saturday's win means they retain fifth spot and have a two-game lead over the Cavs, who sit in seventh place and look like they will have to come through the play-in tournament if they are to reach the playoffs.

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Bulls star Nikola Vucevic remains confident his team can make an impact in the postseason but is well aware they need to rediscover their form quickly with just eight regular season games remaining.

"It takes time to build a team when you have so many new players and so many young players," he said, via the Chicago Sun Times. "I think we've shown that we can play really well. I know lately we haven't, but that's part of being a new team, growing together, going through the ups and downs and trying to figure it out.

"Right now, it doesn't look great because we're losing. But things can turn around quickly in the NBA."

Knicks next up

Chicago are next in action on Monday as they make the trip to New York Knicks before they head to Washington Wizards on Tuesday, with the action available on the Sports Live Streaming platform.

The Bulls do have five of their final six regular season games at home, which should work in their favour as they try to secure a top six seed in the Eastern Conference.

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