Bosco's 2009 NBA Playoff Predictions: Round 1

Rob BoscoContributor IApril 17, 2010

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Western Conference

No. 1 Lakers over No. 8 Thunder in 6 games:

Most people seem to think that Phil Jackson's comments about Kevin Durant getting all the calls will help the Lakers. Well that guy is a pure scorer and he's only 21, so I think that what he said is just added fuel to the fire! Westbrook is the breakout star in this series though, taking advantage of the Laker PG's to win 2 games THIS YEAR. Next year they will win a series. I guarentee it!

No. 2 Mavericks over No. 7 Spurs in 7 games:

This series will be brutal and physical, and you will see some flashes of the Spurs team we have seen form a mini-dynasty over the past decade. But in the end, the Mavericks trade deadline acquistions of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood will be a key factor in this series. I feel Spurs will either steal a game in Dallas in the first two or will win every game in San Antonio before losing a game 7 back in Dallas.

No. 3 Phoenix Suns over No. 6 Portland Trailblazers in 5 games:

A few weeks back, I thought that if this matchup happened, the Blazers would have a legit shot to pull off a first round upset. But Brandon Roy's injury is way too much for them to overcome, and Nash and Amare will dominate this series in 5 games.

No. 4 Denver Nuggets over No. 5 Utah Jazz in 7 games.

The loss of George Karl and the injuries to Kenyon Martin definitely prevented the Nuggets from landing the 2 or 3 seed. But Denver landing the 4 over the 5 seed helps them win a series where they probably will lose all road games in Utah and have to win all over their home games to pull this one out in 7.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers over No. 8 Chicago Bulls in 6 games:

Derrick Rose will step his game up as he did last year in the Celtic series and show the world why he was a #1 pick. Lebron will have another great series and stop the bleeding in a game 6 after a few what most will call "shocking" losses to the Bulls.

No. 2 Orlando Magic over No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats in 5 games:

This is one of those series where I say it's over even before it starts. Now some new teams may come into the playoffs ready to go but i believe the Bobcats will just be happy to be in it. The Magic are on a mission to get back to the NBA Finals with a few different pieces from last years team, including a healthy Jamier Nelson. The Magic are just too much for Larry Brown's squad and will win in 5 games.

No. 3 Atlanta Hawks over No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks in 4 games.

Yes i said it, FOUR games! The reason why is Andrew Bogut's injury is going to be a huge key of how this team believes in whether they can win or not. And even more importantly Atlanta is ready to step up big time this year and make a deep playoff run! Hawks in the sweep!

No. 5 Miami Heat over No. 4 Boston Celtics in 6 games:

Well my one and only first round upset which won't really be called that much of one the way Miami has been playing of late. Dwayne Wade is on a tear and the old looking Celtics will show the wear and tear of a long season and bow out in the first round. This maybe the last time we see this Boston team including Doc Rivers as Danny Ainge may be forced to go back to the drawing board and get younger! Heat will pull this series out.

Early Predictions for the rest of the NBA Playoffs
-My Western Conference Championship pick will be the Lakers and the Suns, and I have the Suns winning in 6 games and going to the NBA Finals.

-My Eastern Conference Championship pick will be the Cavaliers over the Hawks in 5 games, as Cavs will march back to the NBA Finals.

-My NBA Champion is the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Suns in 7 strong games and Lebron James being the NBA Finals MVP.

-You have to go out on a limb a little bit sometimes and I see Kobe slowing down just a tad, maybe enough for a team to sneak up on them and land the knockout punch before the NBA Finals. And Atlanta making a deep run in the East this year will allow King James back to the promise land where he will land his first ring and sign a deal to become the true KING of CLEVELAND for years to come!