1 Miami Heat vs 8 Milwaukee Bucks– the Miami Heat are hands down the favorite to win the NBA Championship for the second consecutive year in a row. The Heat has gone a ridiculous 34-2 over their last 36 games. LeBron may well indeed secure another MVP trophy but it is very obvious that this team wants to win more than just back to back championships. As the staffed discussed last night during our company meetings, Milwaukee is clearly shark food. We are not sure if this series even gets any TV time.
Avery: Heat in 5- The Heat fall asleep one game.
Hans: Heat in 4
Yiannis: Heat in 4-The heat will “cream” the Bucks in every game….pause.
4 Brooklyn Nets vs 5 Chicago Bulls– This may be one of the most competitive match ups in the playoffs based off of matchups alone. The issue for the Nets, as has always been, has been their consistency. The bigger problem at hand, however, may be for the Bulls, as their health has been a major concern. Noah is a huge question mark and Derrick Rose clearly will not be returning. This one may be a toss-up.
Avery: Nets in 6
Hans: Bulls in 7
Yiannis: Nets in 6- Deron Williams will be the key in the series.
3 Indiana Pacers vs 6 Atlanta Hawks– the Indian Pacers go into the playoffs looking very vulnerable from how they looked a few months ago. With the season over for Danny Granger and the lack of a consistent offense this one may be tough to call. The Atlanta Hawks don’t impress any more than the Paces on the flip side of that coin. This is well as the Heat-Bucks series looks like just a set up for the winner to be a second round victim.
Avery: Pacers in 6
Hans: Pacers in 6
Yiannis: Pacers in 4. Hawks may squeeze out one game.
2 New York Knicks vs 7 Boston Celtics– one thing we as a staff have all agreed on is this is probably the most intriguing series in a matchup of the championship pedigree of the Boston Celtics and the newly crowned Atlantic division champion New York Knicks. Let’s face it, Carmelo is easily going to win you one to two games by himself and his “Robin”, JR Smith will give the Knicks bench a good shot in the arm. The question is, do the Celtics have enough to defend the perimeter with the Knicks jump shooters? On the Knicks end of things, will their jump shooting be their Achilles heel (sorry Kobe!)? In a chess game we can easily say that the Celtics have the edge with Doc Rivers. The issue is Doc Rivers can’t lace his sneakers up. Kevin Garnett seems as if he is merely a shell of his old self and Paul Peirce seems as the old guy on the court who stays on one side of the floor to shoot jumpers. This one should be fun.
Avery: Celtics in 7 – this is purely the Knick hater in me.
Hans: Knicks in 6
Yiannis: Knicks in 6. Series will be tough and the Celtics may steal one in the Garden but overall the Knicks will get the series.
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