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They’re all set: Here are your playoff matchups

Apr 18, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

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We’ve got a lot more stuff coming from PBT about how we got here — looking at the games tonight — and breaking down these matchups. And of course, we should have the series schedules up later tonight, once the league sends them out.

But for now here are the NBA first round playoff matchups.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

No. 8 Milwaukee vs. No. 1 Miami (begins Sunday)
No. 7 Boston vs. No. 2 New York (begins Saturday at 3:00 PM ET)
No. 6 Atlanta vs. No. 3 Indiana (begins Sunday)
No. 5 Chicago vs. No. 4 Brooklyn (begins Saturday)

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

No. 8 Houston  vs. No. 1 Oklahoma City (begins Sunday)
No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers  vs. No. 2 San Antonio (begins Sunday)
No. 6 Golden State vs. No. 3 Denver (begins Sunday)
No. 5 Memphis vs. No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers (begins Saturday)

  1. shuttaman1990 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    What Did I say?
    They will respect the lakeshow.
    Now we gon smack the spurs and t-mac the first round virgin!
    RESPECT OUR GANGSTA!

    • rushbacker - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Lol wut?

    • money2long - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      pbt, can you put up a bracket picture of the playoffs, so we can tell who plays who as the rounds advance

      • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        http://www.nbaplayoffsbracket.com/2013/index.php

        I found that while I was looking for what would need to happen for my Nets to play the Knicks. Turns out not too much…just need to beat the Heat in the second round.

      • money2long - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        nice man ! i checked it out. there are some very intriguing potential 2nd round matchups

    • WatchThis - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      We definitely won’t see Miami vs Boston this year.

  2. asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Can’t wait till the Lakers/Spurs series starts on Sunday! Hopefully both teams can get healthy by then so we can see both at full strength (minus Kobe of course).

    • apmn - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Can’t wait to see how David Stern is going to try to fix the series for the Lakers.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        hater!

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Lol yeah I bet ‘ol Stern is just itching to see if any Spurs “illegally” leave the bench during a game just so he has an excuse to suspend a few players and even the playing field.

        Middle finger to you David Stern.

        Something about him just reminds me of the warden from Shawshank Redemption.

  3. psung26 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Every Western Conference 1st Round matchup looks very entertaining. 2 high flying charged matchups, 1 battle of the old guard 2000’s titans, and the flair of Lob City meets the defensive grinder that is the Memphis Grizzlies.

    The Eastern Conference, not so much…

  4. bowmanj35 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    if you thought the league was gonna let Lakers lose and miss playoffs and thereby let okc and hardens rockets miss a matchup you’re out of your mind. I knew the playoff matchups this morning.

    • money2long - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      this makes you look really pathetic. lakers earned these wins.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Jazz shot more free throws than Memphis and lost. Lakers and Rockets shot same amount of free throws, and the missed backcourt violation on the Rockets could have been costly. I’m interested how you believe the league influenced the games today, because your standby excuse of free throws does not work.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        EDIT: I read the FTA attempted wrong. Lakers did shoot more. You’re still a sore loser.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        And watching the game, I’m actually surprised the Lakers shot more. It was a well called game for the most part, the refs allowed both teams to play pretty physical but still kept it under control. There were a few questionable calls but the one that sticks out the most was in the Rockets favor on the missed backcourt violation. I would assume the Lakers shooting more is a function of the Rockets intentionally fouling.

  5. dohoangquan35 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    boston vs new york series will be GOLD!!!

    • WatchThis - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      We definitely won’t see Miami vs Boston this year.

  6. deavn - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Wait a minute….where are the Bobcats?

    • kingbeason52 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      LOL..cut my boys some slack..they tripled there wins this year from a year ago..Its a tough road..and that was prob the last Bobcat game we ever see..prob Hornets from now on…

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Takes 18 months to change the name. Stern and Silver may be able to fast track it, but they will be the Bobcats for one more season.

  7. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    kobeLUVER24!!! aka paulhargis53, time to pay up buddy! Lakers got the best of the regular season over the Celtics.

    You may be nutty as all on here but it was all in fun and I have a hunch you’re a man of integrity, so I have no doubt you will uphold your end of the bargin with your temporary screen name change, my friend and adversary.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      yeah…i remember that bet…ph LOST!

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Who dat, who dat, who dat say the LAKERS wern’t gonna make them playoffs!!?? 7th seed! Eat crow!

    • mazblast - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Come on. We all knew the Lakers would make the playoffs. Stern’s desire was well known, and any ref with a working brain would rather make a few calls to make it so than spend the next few years working Tuesday night Cavs-Pistons and Friday night Bobcats-Timberwolves games, assuming his grades weren’t retroactively changed so he would be fired.

      The real question is whether he has the chutzpah to fix the Lakers (ooooohhhh!!!)-Spurs series. You know he’s just aching to stick it to the Spurs one more time, and if it will get his Lakers to the next round…

  9. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    CAN’T BELIEVE I’M TYPING THIS BUT MAAAAN….Steve Blake ain’t no Flake no more! He really has come through! Wooooooow!! And Pau has been playing out of his mind!!

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      i cant front steve blake has BALLED, he must be wearing his Maryland jersey under his Laker jersey cause he’s having flashbacks.

  10. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    MAN I’m “Jazzed” up for the playoffs!

    The West matchups are PERFECT.

    Beat up old Lakers vs. beat up “old” (their not that old outside the big 3) Spurs.

    Harden vs. OKC!!!!!!!

    LAC vs Memphis (dogfight!!!)

    DEN vs. GSW (entertaining as helllll!)

    The East however……..meh.

    NYK vs. BOS may be good.

    BKN vs. CHI may be a sleeper pick for an entertaining series. Maybe.

  11. sassysooner - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Can we just fast-forward to the OKC vs Miami Finals? :) Thunder Up!

  12. unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I’m a laker fan but i’m most interested in watching the Golden state vs denver series. I dont know how many games it’ll go but it’ll be fun.

    ALso, I think the Nets vs Chi town series will be an old school physical matchup of ugly basketball. I dont mind watching that. i say 80 only gets broken once in that series lol.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      As a Denver fan who’s watched every game I can tell you the GS is a team I didn’t want to see. Why? Because they jack up the 3-Ball like nobodies business.

      Denver’s perimeter defense (outside of Iguodala) has been lackluster all year.

      I’m sure Curry and Co. will have one game where they just won’t miss.

  13. mazblast - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Brooklyn-Chicago may be a great series and Atlanta-Indiana may be even better, but we’ll never hear about it. It’ll be all Lakers, Heat, and Celtics-Knicks, all the time.

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