My Oh-So-Late NBA Playoff Picks

Neel PatelContributor IApril 24, 2009

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Cavs Over Pistons in Four Games

The Detroit Pistons have shown nothing thus far in the playoffs. They could have avoided this matchup with a late season win, but faltered. Now they'll pay the price. The years of the Spurs and Pistons are done as the two dominant teams in the NBA are over.


Celts Over Bulls in Seven Games

The way the Chicago Bulls have been playing remind me of the Hawks in the first round last year. Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose should be able to carry them to one or two more victories each, but in the end the Celtics are just better, with or without Kevin Garnett.


Magic over 76ers in Seven Games

The Orlando Magic are hurting and have high expectations in the playoffs for the first time since Shaq left for the Lakers in the 90s. They will win the series, but the other AI (Andre Igoudala) and company will make it tougher than everyone thinks.


Hawks Over Heat in Seven Games

Dwayne Wade has a lot of youngsters around him. I know i’m picking three series to go seven, but I feel like the East is up-and-coming and the teams are a lot closer than people think.

Wade will carry his team for three wins, but the Hawks were growing last year and have only gotten better. They’re good enough to push into the second round, and this should be the best series to watch come games five, six, and seven.


Lakers Over Jazz in Five Games

The Jazz can’t play on the road. They got their one win at home. They may keep game four close, but will probably lose in the same fashion they lost game two. Game five is going to be all LA.

Nuggets Over Hornets in Six Games

Chris Paul is too good to get swept. The Chauncey Billups trade has made the Nuggets contenders. Billups should get the job done four-out-of six times against Paul as he has the better team around him right now. David West and Tyson Chandler need to show up.

Spurs Over Mavs in Seven Games

I would have said six, so i’m cheating a bit as the Mavs have already won two games. Tim Duncan is a champion, Dirk Nowitzki is not. That should be the difference. Not to mention Jason Kidd has slowed down and Tony Parker is on a tear. With or without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs are a better team. Roger Mason (the new Robert Horry) is going to hit a game-winning three-pointer in game seven.


Blazers Over Rockets in Seven Games

This should be just as good as the Hawks and Heat series. The young Blazers have the second best shooting guard in the game in Brandon Roy and a bunch of young talent that I think can get the job done against Yao Min.

This series could go either way, but the Blazers have the better star and are just a bit more exciting to watch. They’ll also pose great problems for the Lakers in the second round, but they will pull it off in this first round.


Eastern Conference Semifinals

Magic Over Celtics in Seven Games

The Magic get a bit healthier and without Kevin ,no one is going to stop Dwight "Superman" Howard. We’d all love to see the Celtics and Cavs go at it, but without KG it's just not the same, and the Celts may just not get there.


Cavs Over Hawks in Five Games

I feel like the Cavs will dominate the young Hawks, and the Hawks are a year away.


Western Conference Semis

Lakers Over Blazers in Six Games

The Blazers will pose problems. The best two shooting guards in the league, Kobe Bryant and Brandin Roy, will go at it. Kobe is just too good, especially on defense. The Blazers should be able to sneak a win or two, maybe even three, but they’re not winning this series.


Nuggets Over Spurs in Six Games

This should look much like the Nuggets/Hornets first round series, Billups should get the job done four-of-six times against Parker as well, especially with the team clicking at the right time.


Eastern Conference Finals

Cavs Over Magic in Six Games

Two superstars will go at it. This reminds me of Shaq and Kobe. Two future Hall of Famers. The Cavs are just too good though, and they’ll probably take one road game, and they’re not going to lose at home.


Western Conference Finals

Lakers over Nuggets in Five Games

The "Nugs" might steal a game, but they were dominated by the Lakers recently.



This is a tough. Cavs vs. Lakers are many people's consensus pick. I will have to go with the Lakers though in seven games. This may be tough as the Cavs don’t lose at home, but LeBron doesn’t face Bryant everyday.

Kobe has the championship experience and two seven-footers that can dominate. Zydrunas Ilgauskas can’t dominate and I don’t care who thinks otherwise, he will get beat in this series.

It may just be the difference as long as the Lakers point guards don’t get beat by Mo Williams.