NBA Playoffs: Predicting the Eastern Conference First Round

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NBA Playoffs: Predicting the Eastern Conference First Round
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After a long NBA season featuring unfortunate injuries, an entertaining scoring title race and LeBron James exerting his dominance on the rest of the league, the playoffs have finally arrived.

While many fans are ready to fast forward to a potential Kevin Durant and James rematch in the NBA Finals, the first round in the Eastern Conference will provide plenty of thrilling moments for hoop junkies across the country. From New York and Boston renewing their city rivalry on the hardwood to the will-he or won’t-he Derrick Rose headlines, the East is filled with early drama.

Read on to see how the four first-round matchups will play out.

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