2013 NBA Playoff Predictions: Complete Preview and Forecast Through Finals

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2013 NBA Playoff Predictions: Complete Preview and Forecast Through Finals
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The 2013 NBA playoffs are shaping up to be a postseason to remember.

The Miami Heat should have little trouble advancing through their half of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket, but no shortage of juicy matchups await them in the conference finals.

The Western Conference playoffs should be sheer entertainment, though. Every single first-round series will be must-see TV, despite Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles all but ending the Los Angeles Lakers' chances of playing first-round spoiler to the San Antonio Spurs.

While it's not exactly a bold prediction to place the Heat in their third straight NBA Finals, there's no way to be certain who will emerge from the minefield that is the Western Conference playoff bracket.

That won't stop me from trying. Here's one man's best series-by-series guess as to who will take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy this June.

 

Note: Statistics and records are current based on games played through April 17. All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com or NBA.com/stats, except where otherwise noted.

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