2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: Complete Predictions Through the Finals

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2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: Complete Predictions Through the Finals
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The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder appear primed for long playoff runs.

Which team will survive the 2014 NBA playoffs and emerge as champion? It's anyone's guess at this point.

What once appeared to be a foregone conclusion in the East—a conference-finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers—is now no sure thing. The Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats all loom as plucky underdogs, unwilling to go home for the summer without waging one final war first.

The West, meanwhile, is even more wide open than usual. Though the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers enter the playoffs as the conference's presumptive favorites, it's relatively easy to envision any of the eight teams scraping their way to the NBA Finals.

In other words: March Madness appears primed to carry on through April, May and June this year.

With the help of regular-season matchup data and each team's respective strengths and weaknesses, here's one man's best guess at how the 2014 NBA playoffs will unfold, from the first round through the finals.

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