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Rant Sports’ Round One NBA Playoff Predictions

It’s that time of year again folks: playoff season.

In the first round of this year’s NBA playoffs, there are some pretty solid match-ups that will provide some excitement. Let’s get into the predictions:

Utah Jazz @ San Antonio Spurs

Prediction- Spurs in 5

Why: The Spurs have fallen under the radar despite having the number one seed in the West. They should make quick work of the Jazz.

Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Prediction- Mavericks in 7

Why: Yup, bold prediction here. The Mavs are the defending champs for a reason: they know how to get it done when necessary. OKC is still very young, and there time will come, just not this year. Dirk Nowitzki will show once again why he’s the best power forward in the game.

Denver Nuggets @ LA Lakers

Prediction- Lakers in 6

Why: Sure, the Nuggets have a great overall team. But until they can find a closer, they won’t be championship contenders. On the other side, the Lakers have a guy named Kobe Bryant. I heard he’s pretty good.

LA Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies

Prediction- Grizzlies in 6

Why: Zach Randolph will once again show up for the Grizzles and hammer Blake Griffin. The Clippers still have some chemistry-building to do, and are still realistically one piece away from contending.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

Prediction- Bulls in 7

Why: I think I have to justify why 7 games more than Bulls. The Sixers are going to take the Bulls by surprise. Derrick Rose’s health is a big issue, and the Sixers have carved up the Bulls defense before. If they can continue to exploit the league’s best defense, this could be a very interesting series.Over the past two years, both teams split the season series 3-3.

New York Knicks @ Miami Heat

Prediction- Heat in 5

Why: LeBron James is going to silence critics this year, starting by carving up the Knicks. The Knicks made a push too little to late, and they have themselves a first round match-up that every team fears.

Orlando Magic @ Indiana Pacers

Prediction- Pacers in 5

Why: Dwight Howard is out. Simple as that.

Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks

Prediction- Celtics in 6

Why: The Celtics are much more experienced, and will prove to be too much to handle. Unless Joe Johnson can prove to be a closer and a legit number one option, the Celtics will take this one.

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