NBA Playoff Predictions: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Duos Everyone Wants To Avoid

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NBA Playoff Predictions: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Duos Everyone Wants To Avoid
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Whether it’s the classic intimidation of a big man and little man tandem, like the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant storybook saga, or a pair of versatile, aggressive scorers, like the Dwyane Wade-LeBron James fairytale on the verge of reality, there are a handful of duos spread throughout the NBA that everyone wants to avoid when the playoffs officially begin April 16, 2011.

Coming off two consecutive championships, the Los Angeles Lakers have an indisputable edge. Yet, this season has been defined by basketball squads revamping their lineup to match up with the reigning powerhouse. 

Now, from Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony to Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, there is a plethora of renewed tandem talent fighting for the top honors. 

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