Road To The NBA Championship 2010: Eastern Conference Predictions

Brendan MironovCorrespondent IApril 17, 2010

2010 NBA Eastern Conference First Round Play-Off Predictions

The moment we've all been waiting for! The questions that basketball enthusiasts all around the world have will be answered: Will Kobe Bryant and Lebron James finally meet each other on NBA's biggest stage? Can the Lakers repeat? Which players will emerge in the Playoffs?

The NBA Playoffs are here! Below, are my picks for the Eastern Conference of the 2010 NBA Playoffs.


Eastern Conference

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (8) Chicago Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers are just too good. Between Lebron James, their new and improved bench, and mid-season and offseason acquisitions make them too much for the young Bulls to handle. 

Chicago had many departures due to contract expirations and mid-season trades. This newly put together squad has very little experience and barely any depth in their rotation and bench.

However, Derrick Rose has had a phenomenal season with the bulls and has put his team on his back and ultimately led them to a .500 season. Also, the Bulls have had some success with Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich in the line-up.

Cleveland in 5


(2) Orlando Magic vs (7) Charlotte Bobcats 


These two teams have both greatly improved since last season. Charlotte's mid-season acquisitions and the change of ownership really helped them strive this season ultimately, making their first post season birth of the franchise. 

However, their going to have their hands full this series, with the beast out of the East, Dwight Howard. Charlotte really doesn't have anyone that can cover 'Superman', When they ultimately do bring the double-team, Orlando's inside-outside offense is deadly with many players, who can hit the three ball, which is why the average a +4 in three-pointers made.

In my opinion, the person who needs to come alive this series is the aging Vince Carter, averaging a mediocre 43 percent from the field, and a career low 16.6 PPG. If he comes alive, the Magic should win this series.

Magic in 6


(3) Atlanta Hawks vs (6) Milwaukee Bucks

How good have the Hawks been under Head Coach Mike Woodson? The Atlanta Hawks have improved every year, since the reign of Mike Woodson. Hands down, he has my respect for one of the best coaches in the NBA.

Jamal Crawford has played a huge role in the Hawks success. The eventual winner of the Sixth Man of the Year, gives the hawks a much needed spark of the bench and is able to hit shots when they count most. With the developed game of Al Horford and Josh Smith and a superstar in Joe Johnson, the hawks are a very dangerous team and could spoil the Cavs' run at the finals.

Milwaukee has been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season, With rookie Brandon Jennings leading this team at the Point Guard position, newly acquired John Salmons, and the emergence of Andrew Bogut as an one of the premier Centers in the league no wonder why the Bucks have had one of the best records since the All-Star game. However, the injury to Andrew Bogut will plague the Bucks this series. 


Atlanta in 7

(4) Boston Celtics vs (5) Miami Heat

Miami is coming into the playoffs as the hottest team in the NBA. Winning 11 of their last 12 and nine straight road wins. Boston is coming into the playoffs as arguably the coldest team in the NBA losing seven of their last 10. With the aging Paul Pierce and banged up Kevin Garnett and the slowly declining Ray Allen, In my opinion, the Miami Heat can take advantage and exploit the cold, banged-up, and bench less Celtics. 

Miami has had three different starters at the Point Guard positions: Mario Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo, and Rafer Alston whom none of which average more than 7 PPG and 3 AST. Point Guard play has been very inconsistent for the Heat, but, who am i kidding? The only thing consistent about the Miami Heat is Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat Dancers. Also, the question that everyone has been asking, who will step up and play sidekick to D. Wade? Michael Beasley has matured with experience and has become more aggressive with his shot selection.


Miami in 6