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PBT’s NBA Playoffs first-round previews

Apr 27, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

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This is what we’ve been waiting for. Through the desert of the lockout  and “how u” jokes. It’s the emotion and beauty of these playoff games that made us hope everyone would come to their senses and not kill the season. This is what we powered through a condensed, roller-coaster season to get to.

The NBA playoffs are here.

To help you be prepared for what is about to start this weekend, we present ProBasketballTalk’s NBA Playoff previews for the first round. All eight series will be broken down with stats and our insights so you can decide for yourself where that upset we all know is going to happen in the first round is going to come from. We throw in our predictions, too.

Read and enjoy.

Eastern Conference

Chicago Bulls (1) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8)
Miami Heat (2) vs. New York Knicks (7)
Indiana Pacers (3) vs. Orlando Magic (6)
Boston Celtics (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Utah Jazz (8)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs. Dallas Mavericks (7)
Los Angeles Lakers (3) vs. Denver Nuggets (6)
Memphis Grizzlies (4) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (5)

  1. gmen4life33 - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Bulls, Knicks, Pacers, Celtics
    Spurs, Thunder, Lakers, Clippers (hardest pick)

  2. jumbossportsblog - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  3. 4thquartermagic - Apr 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    “Kobe sat out against Sacramento so he’s guaranteed ring #6.”

    -Laker Fan

  4. ncarolinarn7 - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Bobcats to win it all!

  5. lemfax - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Bulls 4-1
    Indiana 4-0
    Miami 4-3
    Boston 4-3
    Spurs 4-0
    Memphis 4-2
    Thunder 4-0
    Denver 4-3

    Bulls vs Indiana 4-2
    Miami vs Boston 4-2
    Spurs vs Memphis 4-2
    Thunder vs Denver 4-1

    Miami vs Bulls 4-2
    Spurs vs Thunder 4-1

    Spurs vs Miami 4-3 (Wade would missed game 7)

    • kavika6 - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:29 AM

      Excellent picks lemfax.

  6. isujames - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I think there will be atleast one first round shocker.

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