NBA Playoffs Second Round Preview: East & West
With the first round of the playoffs officially over and done with, I bring you the second round preview for the Eastern and Western Conference in the NBA Playoffs.
The two things I bring about is a brief preview of the teams run in the playoffs thus far, who has the better chance of winning the series and ultimately advancing to the Conference Finals.
No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers vs No. 4 Atlanta Hawks
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only team to sweep their opposing team during the first round of the playoffs this year.
They had absolutely no problem with the Detroit Pistons—piece of cake.
The Atlanta Hawks managed to beat Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in a full seven game series.
Joe Johnson stepped up his performance and will need to up his production if the Hawks want any chance at winning a game against the Cavaliers.
Cavaliers in five.
No. 2 Boston Celtics vs No. 3 Orlando Magic
In my other article on the Boston vs Magic preview
(http://bleacherreport.com/articles/167078-nba-playoffs-boston-celtics-vs-orlando-magic-preview), I talked about how the Celtics are extremely fatigued from an intense and historical seven games series against the Chicago Bulls.
I also spoke about how the Magic's forward, Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, will need to step up in order for the Magic to advance.
The most important thing that the series will come down to is who has more energy to run up and down the court in every minute of every game.
The Magic are fully rested and will come out with the victory on the series in six games.
No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs No. 5 Houston Rockets
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz in five games and are fighting until they win the entire playoffs.
They clearly are a top two best team in the league, if not the best.
The Houston Rockets took the Portland Trail Blazers to game six before capturing their first round victory since who knows when (without T-Mac!)
The Lakers are just too good to lose to a team like the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are an excellent team, but they will lose this series in five games.
No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs No. 6 Dallas Mavericks
The Denver Nuggets put a whooping on the New Orleans Hornets and played absolutely spectacular ball throughout the entire five game series.
They are a much improved team this season.
The Dallas Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs in six games and have all of a sudden looked like a pretty good team.
Overall, the Nuggets are the better team and have already shown it, winning the first game of the series at home.
Nuggets in five.