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Chicago Bulls are headed to the NBA Playoffs for first time in five years

The Bulls are going to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

The Chicago Bulls (45-35) clinched a spot in the 2022 NBA Playoffs after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday — solidifying the Bulls' top-six position in the Eastern Conference. 

It is the team's first playoff berth since the 2016-17 season, when the Bulls finished eighth in the conference with a 41-41 overall record.

As of Thursday morning, there is only a three-win difference between the first and fourth seeded teams in the conference. The Bulls, which have two games remaining in the regular season, could finish in either the fifth- or sixth-seed position. Because the standings are so close, it cannot yet be determined who Chicago's first playoff game will be against. 

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