2009 NBA First Round Playoff Predictions: Apr. 19

Ken McClishContributor IApril 18, 2009

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Apr. 19

(1) L.A. Lakers over (8) Utah Jazz (4-1)

Lakers will dominate inside.

(3) Orlando Magic over (6) Philadelphia 76ers (4-2) 

Howard will do his thing. Point guard play will be crucial in this series.

(5) Miami Heat over (4) Atlanta Hawks (4-3)

It's all about D. Wade.

(2) Denver Nuggets over (7) N.O. Hornets (4-2)

CP3 will make it interesting, but the Hornets just haven't been in sync this season.

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