ECF: Miami Heat over New York Knicks (4-2)
WCF: Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3)
The 2013 NBA Finals will pair one team looking to pad their legacies and another looking to build. Those two teams will be the Miami Heat from the East and the Memphis Grizzlies out West.
Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies will be on a mission after last year's first-round exit at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. Their full roster healthy for the first time in this group's young history, the dominant front court of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol will lift Memphis through the postseason. A coming out party for Rudy Gay and Mike Conley, Jr. will help as well, with Tony Allen playing his usual smothering defense.
As for the Heat, we know what to expect. LeBron James is the best player in the world, while Dwyane Wade remains a Top 5 player in the league. Chris Bosh also seems to have discovered a fitting role for himself, as he focuses more on the defensive end and scoring around the basket than the long jump shots that inconsistently fall.
As for who will emerge victorious, the games will be much closer than one might expect. At the end of the day, a count of 4-2 will decide the series.
Result: Miami Heat 4 - 2 Memphis Grizzlies