It is not quite March Madness, but for NBA Fans the time has finally arrived to start making predictions for the 2013 NBA Playoff First Round Matchups. Many of us will be looking for the teams that can possibly upset the other, but a lot of these teams are evenly matched so we will have to see who steps up and wants it more.
The EAST First Round Match Ups
Prediction: The Miami Heat are the best team in the NBA by a long mile. With that being said, the Milwaukee Bucks have a long road ahead of them and will need to bring their best to even just win 1 game in this series. The bucks will need Monte Ellis and Brandon Jennings to have big games in order for them to combat the attack of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. The Bucks lack a lot of size and will find themselves scrambling to guard Lebron James. Look for the Heat to take this series in either 4-5 games.
Series Prediction: Heat Win Series in 5 Games
Prediction: The streaking Knicks look to be better than ever and will give Boston headaches in just about every position. The injury plagued Celtics will be relying heavily on their reserves Jason Terry and Jeff Green. Both players have provided a spark off the bench, but I am not sure their play will be enough to put away the New York Knicks. The Knicks come into this game with Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith playing the best basketball in their career. Many analysts including myself believe the Knicks will cruise through this series and will be the only “competition” for the Heat in the East.
Series Prediction: Knicks Win Series in 5 Games
Prediction: Before the NBA All-Star break, The Indiana Pacers were predicted to be the only team that could give the Miami Heat a run for their money. Since the those predictions, the Pacers have disappointed a lot of fans and analyst with their sloppy play. Many expect the Pacers to cruise through this series, but don’t expect to get past the 2nd round of the playoffs. The Pacers have the pieces to go far, but they haven’t been playing as a cohesive team. Look for the Hawks to take 2 games in this series.
Series Prediction: Pacers Win Series in 6 Games
Prediction: The “Derrick Rose-Less Chicago Bulls” have surpassed all the expectations analyst set for them this season. Many rallied behind the team after they put a stop to the Miami Heat’s 27 Game Winning Streak. Even with their impressive wins this season, they have a large task ahead of them as the Brooklyn Nets have All-Star Deron Williams leading the way. The Brooklyn Nets may shock a lot of NBA fans during this series as they will stomp the Bulls in 6 games.
Series Prediction: Brooklyn Nets Win Series in 7 Games
The WEST First Round Match Ups
Prediction: The Oklahoma City Thunder have climbed the ranks and have proven to be one of the best teams in the NBA. Many believe the Finals will be a repeat of last year with the Heat and Thunder battling it out for the NBA Championship. A few teams in the West will have a thing or 2 to say about that, but from the looks of it right now, the Miami Heat and Thunder are the best teams going into the First Round. Look for the Thunder to demolish the Rockets and possibly sweep them.
Series Prediction: Thunder Win Series in 4 Games
San Antonio Spurs VS LA Lakers
Prediction: The Lakers have had the most scrutinized season ever, but they enter the playoffs on a high note as they were able to 2 straight games to take the 7th spot in the Playoffs. Many believe this late confidence will help them upset the San Antonio Spurs. I couldn’t agree more with these predictions as Dwight and Pau have finally come around and learned to play together. Look for the Lakers to stun the NBA world with a First Round upset.
Series Prediction: Lakers Win Series in 6 Games
Prediction: The Denver Nuggets have taken the NBA by storm with their to get out on the break and put up points with the best of them. The Golden State Warriors aren’t far behind as they have been led by All Stars Seth Curry and David Lee. Look for the Nuggets to put up a hell of a fight, but the at the end the Golden State Warriors will win this series in 7 Games.
Series Prediction: Warriors Win Series in 7 Games
Prediction: The Clippers are by far the most electric and entertaining team in the NBA. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford have become a dynamic trio that teams fear. The Memphis Grizzlies are not too shabby themselves, but their lack of leadership will inevitably cost them this series. The Clippers will need Jamal Crawford to have a big series in order for them to knock off the Grizzlies early.
Series Prediction: Clippers Win Series in 5 Games