Ok, ok. We know what you’re thinking. “Why do I care about your predictions?” Let’s be honest; that was the best, and most unpredicted, first round of the playoffs ever. We hope you are enjoying it as much as we are. Hopefully Round 2 brings us 5 more game 7s…. Yes, I know that’s impossible.
Heat over Nets in 6. Brooklyn doesn’t really have any advantage over Miami. Team play and Joe Johnson going off might get them two wins. I don’t expect fireworks.
Wizards over Pacers in 7. The barometer for this series will depend on if the Pacers from the end of round 1 are for real. The Wizards proved that they can hit shots, get out and run, and bang in the paint against the Bulls. They are a talented an confident bunch.
Thunder over Clippers in 7. Thunder showed a lot of vulnerability against the Grizzlies as the Clippers did against the Warriors. Ultimately, I think the best players on the Thunder are capable of doing more than the best Clipper players.
Blazers over Spurs in 6. Forget the cliche about the Spurs being old, but I do think they are tired. The Blazers have been hot all season and are peaking now. I will favor youth and speed in this series, but consistent bench scoring from the Spurs can easily sway this in their favor.
Heat over Nets in 7. Brooklyn may be really old but these guys hate the Heat and should give them a tough battle like they did all season. In the end, however, the Heat will prevail due to their superior level of talent and chemistry.
Pacers over Wizards in 7. The Pacers only barely pulled out the series against the Hawks and the Wizards proved they are a force to be reckoned with against the Bulls. I don’t feel great about this, but I have to hope that the Pacers will continue to pull things back together and beat a young Wizards team.
Thunder over Clippers in 7. This should be a close fought series that could go either way. In the end, I am going to side with the more talented, albeit not as well coached, Thunder.
Spurs over Blazers in 6. The Spurs did not look great last round, but they were playing against an old rival that matched up well against them. I think that everything fell back into place the last game and they should be able to fend off a Portland team that had a really good matchup against Houston in round one.