Apr 22, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the first half in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Chicago Bulls Return Home For An Advantage In Game 5?

The Chicago Bulls playoff lives are on the line tonight when the team returns home to the United Center on Tuesday night to face the Washington Wizards in game 5 of the first round series.

Typically, returning home would be a positive sign for the Bulls but the team has yet to win a playoff game at the United Center this season. The Wizards won the first two games of the series at the United Center.

Generally, home-court advantage is something that is highly regarded in the NBA playoffs. However, during the first round of playoffs, home-court advantage has had little impact for many of the first round series.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated examines the lack of home-court advantage more closely in the video below.

During the regular season, the Bulls were 27-14 at the United Center. Meanwhile, the Wizards were 22-19 on the road. Needless to say, the Bulls should have had an advantage at the United Center. But, for whatever reason, the Bulls have come out flat the entire series including their first two games at home.

The Bulls have lacked energy at the start of each of their four playoff games this season. Playing in front of their come crowd for perhaps the last time this season, the Bulls need to open game 5 with the energy that they have been lacking.

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