The playoffs have already started and yet no thread has been made. Molotov smoked too much of that magic hocus pocus stuff and forgot obviously, so I guess I'll be the one to make this years edition.
First Round Eastern Conference
#1 Boston Celtics vs #8 Atlanta Hawks
Probably one of the easiest series in the playoffs to predict. I say Celtics sweep the Hawks easily.
#2 Detroit Pistons vs #7 Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia surprised everyone with a win in the first game in Detroit. While it was a close game, I will still say that Detroit gets its game back together and comes back to win the series in 6 games.
#3 Orlando Magic vs #6 Toronto Raptors
Orlando beat out Toronto in the first game with 9 three pointers in the first quarter alone. I predict Orlando keeps it up and beats Toronto in 5.
#4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs #5 Washington Wizards
DeShawn Stevenson and Arenas both ate their words of trash talking in Game 1 as LeBron got 32 points and the win. I'm going to say that Cleveland will come out on top in 6 or even 7 in this one. I expect some low scoring defensive battles in this series.
First Round Western Conference
#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs #8 Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets just barely got into the playoffs so they have to be very relieved to be playing but I don't expect them to last. They lost to the Lakers tonight while allowing 128 points, but if you follow Denver the high scoring is nothing new. In the end their lack of defense is going to kill them and the Lakers will take this one in 5.
#2 New Orleans Hornets vs #7 Dallas Mavericks
Chris Paul is just such a special player. In my opinion he should be the front runner for the MVP because it seems that his presence is what caused the huge turnaround with the Hornets. All that being said, the Hornets already beat Dallas once, and I think that they will win the series in 6 games.
#3 Utah Jazz vs #6 Houston Rockets
A repeat of last years first round series, but this time, Houston doesn't have Yao. Even without him the Rockets are still a dangerous team and one of the best defensive teams in the league. However, Utah is just a better all around team and I see them taking the series in 6.
#4 San Antonio Spurs vs #5 Phoenix Suns
This is one of the craziest first round matchups I've ever seen and it's hard to believe that one of these teams is going to be out of the playoffs after the first round. It just goes to show you how good the West is. I could go into how good both are, but I see the Spurs edging Phoenix in 7. They've already got a head start with Manus latest heroics.
I know I'm a fag for picking all the favorites, but it's just how I see things panning out.