Lawson vs Westbrook, fun matchup.
I give the edge to the Kings for a few reasons.
1- Lebron James. At 33 years old Shane Battier just simply does not have what it takes to guard Lebron. Battier has always been a overrated defender with a career 105 defensive rating, Lebron was at 97 this year. Lebron would be able to go to work offensively and dominate this matchup.
2- Versatile defensively. Westbrook already does enough to take himself out of the game, and when I can afford to shut him down with a guy like Lebron because of the Bulls lack of offensive firepower on the wings, that strongly limits their offensive potential. Westbrook would get very frustrated and take his team out of the game by forcing horrible shots after horrible shots. Klay Thompson is still young and has his faults, Wesley Matthews is a solid defender that could make things very very difficult for the rookie. And if Ty Lawson isn't on Westbrook because of Lebron, he can take the assignment on Battier as he doesn't do much else besides sit in the corner. The Bulls also lack any real low post game as Bosh mainly operates around the elbow or short corner, and Joakim Noah has never really developed any real offensive game.
3- Defensive liability for Bulls. The Bulls lack good perimeter defenders. Westbrook had a defensive rating of 105 this season (107 on his career) which is simply not good. Klay Thompson had a defensive rating of 111 this season, which is horrific. Shane Battier has already been mentioned. Where as I put guys like Wesley Matthews and and possibly the best perimeter defender in the game, Lebron James on the court.
My bench is also better.