Miami over Brooklyn in five games
The Heat are getting too much rest in this situation, while the older Nets get no break at all. The playoffs are a different game than the regular season, and the Toronto Raptors don't have LeBron James. For all Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett know about beating this team, James and Co. know a fair amount about how to beat them as well.
Los Angeles over Oklahoma City in seven games
One thing we've learned through this first round is that home-court advantage may not mean a ton this year. The Clippers can steal Game 7 on the road in Oklahoma City. After spending the first round being forced to play a specific style of basketball, the Thunder are in for a little shock by playing the Clippers. Whether that shock shows in guys shooting too much or not being prepared enough defensively, it is good news for Los Angeles.
Washington over Indiana in six games
The Atlanta Hawks had a lot of success becoming a three-point shooting team against Indiana. The Wizards shot the third-best long-range percentage in the league this year. If they can find a happy medium with how many threes to take and who is taking them, they can really dent the Pacers. If Nene is able to stay on the court, he can become the story of these playoffs and help Washington oust two of the top defensive teams in the NBA.
San Antonio over Portland in seven games
Another seven-game series isn't going to be a good thing for the Spurs moving forward, but they will be able to overcome another young team that isn't quite ready yet for the spotlight. San Antonio has made an art of sending home this type of team. Usually it is in four or five games, but the Trail Blazers are incredibly athletic and the Spurs are another year older. That should lead to two or three letdowns, plus one wacky game-winner.