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NBA Playoffs 2013: Predicting Each of the Eight 1st Round Series

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NBA Playoffs 2013: Predicting Each of the Eight 1st Round Series
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With the NBA playoffs set to tip off on Saturday, 16 teams remain with their goal staying the same as it was to start the year: Win the NBA championship.

But how many of the 16 teams left have a realistic chance of doing so? And how many will actually escape the first round?

The Eastern Conference appears to be very top-heavy, led by the defending champions Miami Heat.

The Western Conference, on the contrary, looks to be very balanced, with each matchup having the possibility of going either way, a rarity in most professional sports leagues' playoffs today.

Let's take a look at who will advance to the "Elite Eight" of the 2013 NBA playoffs. 

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