Alright, it's that time of the year again. Time for the NBA Playoffs!!! This season was as exciting as ever, which the emergence of the Cavs dominating the East, the resurgence of Dwayne Wade, and the relocation of one NBA Team (Go Thunder!!! Gotta make a plug for my boys).
Matchups by conference (first round):
Cleveland Cavaliers v. 8. Detroit Pistons - weird to see the Pistons as an 8 seed, but the team is getting old and their time is past. Cleveland is too good overall. Cavs in 5.
Boston Celtics v. 7. Chicago Bulls - Boston, without KG, will emerge, due to experience and better players, but the Bulls will not be a pushover. The are not the Bulls of old, but are a better team than most people think. Celtics in 6.
Orlando Magic v. 6. Philadelphia 76ers - Magic are too dominant inside with Superman, and have a good outside game. Philly will need to fire on all cylinders for them to have a chance. Magic in 5.
Atlanta Hawks v. 5. Miami Heat - Hawks are still a young team and have learned to play together, but they don't have Dwyane Wade. Flash and Co will move on, but barely. Heat in 7.
Los Angeles Lakers v. 8. Utah Jazz - The Jazz are actually a better team than what their 8 seed shows, but the Lakers are a much better team. Lakers in 5.
Denver Nuggets v. 7. New Orleans Hornets - Two teams with great players. Billups is better for the Nuggets than Iverson, but Chris Paul is the best player in this series. The outside shooting of Peja and inside presence of Chandler will catapult the Hornets to the next round. Hornets in 6.
San Antonio Spurs v. 6. Dallas Mavericks - The Spurs are hurting without Manu, and are definitely showing their age, but the Mavs won't have enough firepower to move on in this Texas showdown. Spurs in 6.
Portland Trail Blazers v. 5. Houston Rockets - Youth vs. experience. Portland is definitely a fast rising team, and even though Houston hasn't won a first round matchup in several years, this will be the year they move on. Youth will have to wait another year. Rockets in 6.
Let's get it on!