2012 NBA Playoffs: Predicting the Outcome of Every Second-Round Series

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Predicting the Outcome of Every Second-Round Series
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The first round of the NBA playoffs has come and gone. 

All things considered, there weren't really any surprises heading into round two. Of course, the Bulls falling to the Sixers would appear to be a major surprise. Considering the Bulls played the majority of the series without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, it's not exactly shocking that they fell to a healthy Philadelphia team.

The other series pretty much went as expected. San Antonio and Oklahoma City both swept their ways past Utah and Dallas, respectively. Miami should have swept the lifeless Knicks, if not for one no-show game. 

Both Los Angeles teams got locked in series' that went seven games, with each being able to pull out wins at the last moment. Boston and Indiana took care of their series' and found themselves one step closer to their ultimate goal. 

The results of the first round have set up some intriguing matchups in round two. Oklahoma City faces off against the Lakers, while the Clippers get San Antonio. Both teams from Los Angeles will have to play fantastic series' if they want to make the Western Conference Finals a series that never leaves the Staples Center.

Eighth-seeded Philadelphia gets the low-scoring, defensively stout Boston Celtics, and the Pacers, who already blew through one Florida team, draws the Miami Heat. 

The following slides will examine each matchup and predict who will move on to the Conference Finals.

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