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Old 04-17-2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default The Playoff Prediction Thread

Eastern Conference

1st Round
Boston def. Atlanta 4-0
Cleveland def. Washington 4-3
Detroit def. Philadelphia 4-1
Orlando def. Toronto 4-1

2nd Round
Boston def. Cleveland 4-2
Detroit def. Orlando 4-2

3rd Round
Boston def. Detroit 4-2

Western Conference
1st Round
LA def. Denver 4-2
Utah def. Houston 4-2
NO def. Dallas 4-3
Phoenix def. SA 4-3

2nd Round
LA def. Utah 4-2
Phoenix def. NO 4-3

3rd Round
LA def. Phoenix 4-2

Championship
Boston def LA 4-2
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:06 AM   #2
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I'm only gonna do the west 'cause that's where it's at.

Western Conference
1st Round
LA def. Denver 4-2
Utah def. Houston 4-0
Dallas def. NO 4-3
Phoenix def. SA 4-3

2nd Round
LA def. Utah 4-2
Phoenix def. Dallas 4-3

3rd Round
LA def. Phoenix 4-3


Slight changes from yours.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:13 AM   #3
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Eastern Conference

1st round
BOS over ATL
CLE over WAS
DET over PHI
ORL over TOR

2nd round
BOS over CLE
DET over ORL

ECF
BOS over DET

Western Conference
LAL over DEN
UTAH over HOU
NOH over DAL
PHX over SA

2nd round
LAL over UTAH
PHX over NOH

WCF
PHX over LAL

Finals
PHX over BOS
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:19 AM   #4
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Kiddlovesnets' play-off 1st round prediction:

Western Conference:

W1 Los Angles Lakers(57-25) 4-1 Denver Nuggets(50-32) W8
Another match-up for Kobe-Iverson since 2001's NBA final. Still, the Lakers seem to be considerably better than Iverson's team and this series is actually the easiest to predict in the West Conference. Still, the Nuggets have chance to upset the Lakers, but it's just not likely to happen though. Lakers in 5.

W2 New Orleans Hornets(56-26) 2-4 Dallas Mavericks(51-31) W7
It's interesting to see the Kidd-CP3 match-up. CP3 already completely exceeded Steve Nash to become the best PG in the league at age 24. However, play-off series is nothing like regular season. The sufficient experience will power the Mavs to the 2nd round. It's a kinda similar to the Raptors-Nets series last year though. Mavs in 6

W3 San Antonio Spurs(56-26) 4-2 Phoenix Suns(55-27) W6
The best first round match-up in 21st century I've ever witnessed, since both teams are believed to be serious title contender in the beginning of the season. Nonetheless, the Spurs became better with the acquisition of Kurt Thomas and Demon Stoudemaire, while the Suns got worse at the loss of Thomas and Marion. It would be a tough series for both teams and hopefully, the Spurs would manage to clinch the next round. Spurs in 6

W4 Utah Jazz(54-28) 4-2 Houston Rockets(55-27) W5
A rematch for both team. A slight difference is that Utah has become a better team with Kyle Korver and a break-out season for Ronnie Brewer. With the huge improvement of Deron Williams, the Jazz is actually a title contender now. The Rockets are getting better as well, but they can't make any difference without Yao. Jazz in 6.

Eastern Conference:

E1 Boston Celtics(66-16) 4-0 Atlanta Hawks(37-45) E8
Do I still need to explain anything about this. The best play-off team vs the worst play-off team this year... I would be surprised if the Hawks managed to win one game or not suffering at least two blow-out loss. Celtics in 4, undoubtedly.

E2 Detroit Pistons(59-23) 4-1 Philadelphia 76ers(40-42) E7
I must say that I'm impressed that the 76ers could make play-off and even landed the 7th position. They don't look a little bit like a play-off team, but they could even defeat good teams like the Celtics, Pistons, Suns and the Mavericks. Still, they won't get any further than the 1st round since the Pistons are impossible to be upset in the 1st round. Pistons in 5.

E3 Orlando Magic(52-30) 4-2 Toronto Raptors(41-41) E6
It's hard to predict which team will win this series. The Magic is obviously a better team overall, while the Raptors are also a solid team. The Magic's key to clinch the 2nd round is the use of Dwight Howard. This guy is a beast and managed to average 20+ ppg and 14+ rpg in a season. However, he sucks so bad in recent games and if the Raptors could manage to stop him, they are capable of winning the series as well. Magic in 6.

E4 Cleveland Cavaliers(45-37) 4-3 Washington Wizards(43-39) E5
This is the only series I would say to go for 7 games. The Cavaliers are a better team though, but they seem to know nothing about how to win games when Lebron fails to play in his best form. The Wizards are surely much better than last season and this is already the 3rd consecutive time for them to face the Cavaliers in play-off. Still, the Cavs would manage to clinch the Eastern semi-final if Lebron plays well, Cavs in 4.

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Old 04-17-2008, 01:35 AM   #5
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I'll do my whole thing later, but my finals teams are Mavs and Pistons.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:36 AM   #6
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threw a few curve balls in there to mix it up
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:37 AM   #7
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threw a few curve balls in there to mix it up

How could Magic beat the Pistons?
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Hey they're 2-2. It's one of those curve balls I was talking about.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:44 AM   #9
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East
Boston-Atlanta: Boston 4-0
Detroit-Philly: Detroit 4-0
Orlando-Toronto: Toronto 4-3
Cleveland-Washington: Cleveland 4-2

Boston-Cleveland: Boston 4-2
Detroit-Toronto: Detroit 4-0

Boston-Detroit: Detroit 4-2


West
LA-Denver: LA 4-1
NO-Dallas: Dallas 4-3
SA-Phoenix: SA 4-3
Houston-Utah: Utah 4-1

LA-Utah: LA 4-2
SA-Dallas: SA 4-2

LA-SA: SA 4-3


Finals
Detroit-SA: San Antonio 4-2
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Eastern Conference

1st Round
Boston def. Atlanta 4-0
Cleveland def. Washington 4-3
Detroit def. Philadelphia 4-0
Toronto def. Orlando 4-3

2nd Round
Boston def. Cleveland 4-3
Detroit def. Toronto 4-1

3rd Round
Detroit def. Boston 4-2

Western Conference
1st Round
LA def. Denver 4-2
Utah def. Houston 4-1
Dallas def. NO 4-3
Phoenix def. SA 4-3

2nd Round
LA def. Utah 4-2
Phoenix def. Dallas 4-3

3rd Round
LA def. Phoenix 4-3

Championship
LA def. Detroit 4-3
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