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NBA Standings 2012: Bulls half game out of final playoff spot

Chicago is struggling to keep pace in the Central Division.

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Bulls have dropped four of their last five games and fallen to 5-6 on the season. They now sit half a game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls won the first game of a five game road trip, but have dropped every game since then with just a game against the Milwaukee Bucks to go on the trip. When they go back to Chicago just two days later, they'll see the same Bucks at the United Center. The Bulls are led in scoring by Luol Deng who is averaging 18.2 points per contest.

The Central Division in the Eastern Conference is clogged with a number of teams in the middle. The Bucks sit atop the conference at 6-4 overall with the Indiana Pacers and Chicago sitting one and a half games back. Cleveland is three and a half games back at 4-7 overall with the Detroit Pistons at 2-10 in last place in the division.