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NBA Playoffs 2011: Bold Picks & Predictions for the NBA Postseason

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Bold Picks & Predictions for the NBA Postseason
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This Saturday, the NBA playoffs tip off, and for the first time in a while, the Eastern Conference might actually be stronger top to bottom with more competitive series. 

That really shouldn't be a surprise, considering the migration from the West to the East (Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Garnett) during the last few years.

Boston, Miami, Chicago and even the New York Knicks are now loaded with talent, making it hard to guess who will represent the East in the finals.

But one thing is clear: There are some great matchups on the horizon.

Here's a look at the ones we know about and the ones we're expecting to see.

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