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.
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
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!