In this article I will predict how the NBA playoffs will shape out based on my predictions I already made based on conference. If you haven't read those go to my profile and check them out. There is one article for each conference.
Below I will list the match-ups and the winners in the first round. After that, in each slide I will put the winner starting with the Conference Semifinals match-ups in the Eastern Conference.
Eastern Conference 1st Round:
#1 Boston Celtics vs. #8 Toronto Raptors
Winner: Boston Celtics
#4 Atlanta Hawks vs. #5 Detroit Pistons
Winner: Atlanta Hawks
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #7 Chicago Bulls
Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers
#3 Orlando Magic vs. #6 Miami Heat
Winner: Orlando Magic
Western Conference 1st Round:
#1 L.A Lakers vs. #8 Oklahoma City Thunder
Winner: L.A Lakers
#4 San Antonio Spurs vs.#5 Portland Trail Blazers
Winner: Portland Trail Blazers
#2 Denver Nuggets vs. #7 New Orleans Hornets
Winner: Denver Nuggets
#3 Phoenix Suns vs. #6 Dallas Mavericks
Winner: Phoenix Suns
After I predicted how the 1st round of the NBA playoffs would shape out, I will do the same for the NBA Semifinals. So far this is how the playoffs look.
Eastern Conference Semifinals:
#1 Boston Celtics vs. #4 Atlanta Hawks
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #3 Orlando Magic
Western Conference Semifinals:
#1 L.A Laker vs. #5 Portland Trail Blazers
#2 Denver Nuggets vs. #3 Phoenix Suns
In the next slides I will show you the results of these match-ups...
It has been 2 years since these two faced off in the playoffs, that series went 7 games. When Boston played Chicago last year it also went 7 games. This could be the year Boston pays for going 7, but I doubt it.
Final Result: Boston in 6 games
By the time this series comes around Shaq will be worn down, and Lebron will have to carry the team. Orlando is too good all-around to go down to Cleveland in a clutch situation. This will be close though
Final Result: Orlando in 7
The Lakers are too good to go down to an inexperienced Portland team. This will be easy for L.A.
Final Result: Lakers in 5
Denver is a great all-around team, with out a doubt they will win this series.
Even though they will win it will be very, very close.
Final Result: Nuggets in 7
In my last slides I predicted the Semifinals. Here are the results.
Eastern Conference Finals:
#1 Boston Celtics vs. #3 Orlando Magic
Western Conference Finals:
#1 L.A Lakers vs. #2 Denver Nuggets
Here are my predictions...
The talent on both these teams are ridiculous. That means this series will go 7 and i predict every game will only be, at the most a 5-point difference.
Final Result: Celtics in 7
A rematch of the great series last year. Again this will be close but the result will be different. Now that the Nuggets are more playoff experienced they will take it.
Final Result: Nuggets in 7
After Predicting the Semis the finals are shaping out to look like a good one.
Here is the match-up:
The Boston Celtics vs. The Denver Nuggets
This could go down as one of the greatest finals in the past couple of decades. This match-up will not come down to the starters because everyone knows both these teams are loaded. This will come down to the bench.
The Nuggets have these players headlining their bench:
[F/C] Chris Andersen
[G] Ty Lawson
[F] Renaldo Balkman
The Celtics have these players headlining their bench:
[F/C] Rasheed Wallace
[G] Eddie House
[F] Glen "Big Baby" Davis
Final Result: The Boston Celtics in 7 games.