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NBA Playoffs 2011: First-Round Results, Analysis and Predictions

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NBA Playoffs 2011: First-Round Results, Analysis and Predictions
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The NBA postseason is a long and winding journey. There are smooth stretches, complete with winning streaks and blowout wins. Going the other direction, of course, are those bumpy moments highlighted by injuries and tough home losses. All of that said, April 23rd is kind of like the proverbial fork in the road, with four series that can go many directions.

Chicago vs. Indiana—Though these two cities are separated by just 184 miles, their respective teams couldn't be more different. The Bulls have an electric Derrick Rose and thorns named Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kyle Korver and Joakim Noah. The Pacers have a more balanced offense and play steady D.

Dallas vs. Portland—The home team's won all three games thus far. And with today's pivotal Game 4 in front of the riotous Blazers fans, this tussle may have the makings of six-or seven-game series.

San Antonio vs. Memphis—In a series that's had the most shocking results thus far, the young Grizzlies have clawed their way to a 1-1 tie with the veteran Spurs. A win in front of a spirited Tennessee crowd tonight could turn this matchup in a direction no one saw coming.

Oklahoma City vs. Denver—The Nuggets fought hard in a Game 1 loss. In Game 2, they looked completely lost. If they can't get their Garmin working by Game 3's tip, this series may be headed towards being the lone sweep in the Western Conference.

Stay tuned throughout the night as we navigate around the crazy, detour-filled action...

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