Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers: After a game one slip-up against the Magic, Indiana looked dominant in the final four games of the series. They won’t benefit from ending their series quickly because the Heat also finished their series vs the Knicks in five games. Many “analysts” are saying the Pacers will give the Heat some trouble and turn this into a long, hard-fought series. The Pacers are have one of the deepest benches in the NBA but lack the star-power you need in the playoffs. I can’t see an upset because the Heat are too talented and too motivated and the Pacers are a young inexperienced team (with the exception of David West). Indiana will likely be competitive but the Heat will win 4-1.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers: The 76ers beat off the number one seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round, largely due to the fact that defending MVP Derrick Rose torn his ACL at the end of game one. The Celtics and the Bulls are very similar and share almost the same defensive system, so that will work in the 6ers favor. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were both hampered by injuries in the first round, if this continues it will cause problems for Boston on both ends of the floor. When it comes down to it, Philly doesn’t have enough offense to match Boston but they will keep the games close because of their coaching and strong defense (Philly won the season series 2-1). The Celtics are famous for making things for difficult then they need to be, therefore Philadelphia will likely win a couple games. Celtics win 4-2.
The Eastern Conference first round went almost exactly as predicted, except for the 1 vs 8 matchup (click here to see first round predictions). No one could have predicted that both Rose and Noah would have had series ending injuries. Tell us your thoughts.
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