After the most intriguing summer of free agency in NBA history in 2010, the playoffs that will proceed it are expected to be one of the most fascinating in league history.
So many interesting storylines surround this season's playoffs.
Among them: the Lakers' quest for a three-peat, the Knicks' return to the postseason, the Celtics' prospects after trading Kendrick Perkins, the up-and-coming Bulls trying to manage expectations after clinching the No. 1 seed in the East and the Heat's first playoff run with their new big three.
Other things to watching include the steady Spurs trying to fight off the West, the young Thunder trying to use their experience from last year's postseason, the Mavericks looking to break through as a serious contender again and the Nuggets trying to make a run without Carmelo Anthony.
With these headlines in mind, let's sort through the matchups for all four rounds and predict winners for each series.