The first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs begins bright and early on Saturday afternoon/morning. Finally, the real season begins!
Breaking tradition of sorts, let’s open the prediction making process to the people. So, at the end of the post, leave your thoughts in the answer box or leave a comment. However, if you’re that one Bulls fan who left a bunch of comments under different names, don’t comment or just do it once. We can see your IP address.
With that out of the way, the match ups:
- Philadelphia 76ers V. Chicago Bulls
- New York Knicks V. Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic V. Indiana Pacers
- Boston Celtics V. Atlanta Hawks
- Utah Jazz V. San Antonio Spurs
- Dallas Mavericks V. Oklahoma City Thunder
- Denver Nuggets V. Los Angeles Lakers
- Los Angeles Clippers V. Memphis Grizzlies
So, what are your first round predictions?
As this truncated season winds down, things are becoming incredibly dramatic. Every game tonight will impact the current playoff brackets. I attempted to work all of the equations and theorems on a chalkboard based on tonight’s games, but I ran out of chalk and room on my chalkboard.
Let’s examine some of the more ‘sexy’ match ups and show downs:
- The Great Los Angeles Hallway Derby Continues: After the Spurs thrashed Lakers last night, the Clippers are within a game of catching their Staples Center roommate. As we all know, the Lakers have the upper hand in case of a tie since they won regular season series (2-1), but if the Clippers were to win the rest of their games….it’s a possible that the Clippers could over the take the Lakers and earn a third seed and the Pacific Division title. The Clippers’ remaining games aren’t going to be easy (Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, and New York), but the Lakers’ final four games aren’t going to be a walk in the park either (The Lakers match up with the Spurs and Thunder on Friday and Sunday) and with Kobe Bryant still out of commission…
- The Milwaukee Bucks Sneak In… In the immortal words of Vic The Brick, the race for the 7th and 8th seed in the Eastern Conference is tighter than a Queen Latifah jumpsuit. The Bucks are two games behind the current 8th seed, Philadelphia 76ers and the two teams will face on April 25th. The Sixers are in the midst of a three game losing streak while the Bucks are 6-4 in their last ten. Can the Bucks catch the Sixers? Then there’s the Knicks. Can the Knicks hold onto the 7th seed? Will Melo with all of his girth lead them into the promise land?
- The 6, 7, 8s in the West: The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are in the midst of a tug for the war for the final seed. Currently Suns have the advantage, but anything is possible. Perhaps, the Jazz over take both the Rockets and Suns for the final seed. It’ll be a photo finish for the final spot. The Nuggets and Mavericks could potentially flip positions.
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