2009-10 NBA Preview: Awards and Playoff Predictions

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

BOSTON - JUNE 17:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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MVP Award

1) Dwight Howard, C - Orlando
2) LeBron James, F - Cleveland
3) Kobe Bryant, G - LA Lakers
4) Chris Paul, G - New Orleans
5) Dwyane Wade, G - Miami
6) Dirk Nowitzki, F - Dallas
7) Kevin Garnett, F - Boston
8) Deron Williams, G - Utah
9) Paul Pierce, F - Boston
10) Danny Granger, F - Indiana
11) Brandon Roy, G - Portland
12) Chauncey Billups, G - Denver
13) Ray Allen, G - Boston
14) Tony Parker, G - San Antonio
15) Yao Ming, C - Houston (if he returns from injury)

Playoff Predictions

First Round

(1) Cleveland over (8) Indiana in 4
(2) Boston over (7) Detroit in 5
(3) Orlando over (6) Philadelphia in 5
(4) Miami over (5) Atlanta in 7

(1) LA Lakers over (8) Houston in 5
(2) San Antonio over (7) Utah in 6
(6) New Orleans over (3) Portland in 6
(4) Dallas over (5) Denver in 7

Conference Semifinals

(1) Cleveland over (4) Miami in 5
(2) Boston over (3) Orlando in 7

(1) LA Lakers over (4) Dallas in 6
(2) San Antonio over (6) New Orleans in 6

Conference Finals

(2) Boston over (1) Cleveland in 7
(2) San Antonio over (1) LA Lakers in 7

NBA Finals

Boston over San Antonio in 7