Its that time of the year all basketball fans have been waiting for The NBA Playoffs. I will preview each 1st round series match up in the East and Western Conferences so lets ride.
1 Chicago Bulls vs 8 Indiana Pacers
In this match up The Bulls led by Derrick Rose will begin their quest through the playoffs taking on the 8th seeded Pacers. If The Bulls just take care of business they should win this series in 5 games in the very least and advance into the 2nd round.
Chicago wins in 5 games.
2 Miami Heat vs 7 Philadelphia 76ers
The Miami Heat will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round. The Heat should win this series but the 76ers do have the advantage in the paint with Elton Brand and Marrese Speights but the Heat have way more with their big 3 James, Wade, & Bosh.
Miami wins in 5 games.
3 Boston Celtics vs 6 New York Knicks
This is the most intriguing series in the Eastern Conference If the Knicks can get Boston into a scoring contest they may pull of the upset. Boston needs The Oneal’s both Shaq & Jermaine to play big in this series. If the Knicks stay close late in the games anything can happen. But I think the Celtics will survive.
Boston wins in 6 games.
4 Orlando Magic vs 5 Atlanta Hawks
This series will be a war Atlanta won the season series 3-1 but now its the post season and Orlando will be out for blood. If Dwight Howard can stay out of foul trouble The Magic will be hard to beat especially if his supporting cast is on their A game. The Hawks must prove they can hang with the big boys but I dont think it will happen in this series.
Orlando wins in 6 games.
The Western Conference
1 San Antonio vs 8 Memphis
Both teams split the season series but San Antonio has way more playoff experience even though Memphis has played the Spurs tough this year i think the games will be close but the Spurs will move on to the 2nd round.
San Antonio wins in 5 games.
2 Los Angeles Lakers vs 7 New Orleans Hornets
The Lakers will start defense of their title against the Hornets in a series that should end short and quick if The Lakers are focused. Chris Paul should have his way in this series but the Lakers will prevail.
Lakers sweep or win in 5 games.
3 Dallas Mavericks vs 6 Portland Trailblazers
This will be a long series many think Portland will upset Dallas but not so fast The Mavericks will give Portland all they can handle in this series. This will be a epic battle but I think Dallas will survive and move on to the 2nd round.
Dallas wins in 7 games.
4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs 5 Denver Nuggets
This match up will be a good one this series will go at least 6 games with a good possibility of going the full 7. The key to this series is if now can The Thunder take it to the next level against a very balanced Denver team. I think Kevin Durant will lead the the Thunder past The Nuggets and move on to the 2nd round.
Oklahoma City wins in 7 games.
Well thats my predictions for the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs and until next week be safe and blessed.