2008-09 NBA Preview: Awards and Playoff Predictions

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 13, 2008

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MVP Candidates

1) Chris Paul, G - New Orleans
2) LeBron James, F - Cleveland
3) Kobe Bryant, G - LA Lakers
4) Kevin Garnett, F - Boston
5) Amare Stoudemire, F/C - Phoenix
6) Dirk Nowitzki, F - Dallas
7) Deron Williams, G - Utah
8) Yao Ming, C - Houston
9) Dwyane Wade, G - Miami
10) Chris Bosh, F/C - Toronto
11) Steve Nash, G - Phoenix
12) Dwight Howard, C - Orlando
13) Paul Pierce, F - Boston
14) Allen Iverson, G - Detroit
15) Tracy McGrady, G/F - Houston


Playoff Predictions

First Round

(1) Boston over (8) Miami (in 5)
(2) Detroit over (7) New Jersey (in 4)
(3) Orlando over (6) Washington (in 5)
(4) Cleveland over (5) Toronto (in 6)

(1) New Orleans over (8) Denver (in 5)
(2) LA Lakers over (7) Dallas (in 6)
(6) Phoenix over (3) Utah (in 6)
(4) Houston over (5) San Antonio (in 7)

Second Round

(1) Boston over (4) Cleveland (in 6)
(2) Detroit over (3) Orlando (in 5)

(4) Houston over (1) New Orleans (in 7)
(6) Phoenix over (2) LA Lakers (in 6)

Conference Finals

(1) Boston over (2) Detroit (in 6)
(4) Houston over (6) Phoenix (in 5)

NBA Finals

(1) Boston over (4) Houston (in 7)