2013 NBA Playoffs: 5 Potential NBA Finals Matchups

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Top 5 NBA Finals Matchups

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Well, the time has come in the NBA season to start talking about possible NBA Finals matchups and speculating the title favorites and Cinderellas.

While two teams have already been eliminated-- the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers-- 14 teams still have a glimmer of hope at making a deep run into the early summer months and hoisting the coveted NBA Finals trophy.

Two teams may be out of the playoffs via first round sweep, and five more teams are on the brink of elimination facing the dreaded back-to-the-wall game six. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are already unbeaten in the 2013 NBA Playoffs and have made it to the second round, ensuring themselves favoritism when it comes to NBA Finals talk.

In fact, those are two of the top three teams in the league, finishing with the first and third-best records in the regular season, respectively.

Out of the 16 teams that made the playoffs this season, there are only about five or six teams that I believe could realistically make a run at the title and possibly dethrone the Heat.

However, the Heat may just be too good for everyone else, boasting two of the best players in basketball and one of the best big men as well. The Heat are nearly a lock for me to get back to the Finals, but they will have some competition in the New York Knicks and possibly the Indiana Pacers if they can survive the pesky Atlanta Hawks.

The West is up for grabs, especially with the recent injury to Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard, Russell Westbrook.

All that being said, here are my top five NBA Finals matchups to look out for.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat

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Oklahoma City and Miami would be the best possible matchup in the NBA Finals this season. It is the most likely matchup and would be a rematch from last season's title series. Kevin Durant versus LeBron James once again could be the rivalry of the future-- if it isn't already.

Miami wins series 4-2.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks

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In what could be the second most likely matchup of Finals opponents, the New York Knicks could easily make a run in the Eastern Conference and have a chance to take down the Heat in the conference title game. If that does happen, I could see them playing the Westbrook-less Thunder in the Finals.

Oklahoma City wins series 4-2.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

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I know what you're saying right now: why would the Los Angeles Clippers be a possible Finals' opponent for the Miami Heat if they may not even win their opening series? Well, when you have an athletically talented and deep team like the Clippers do, you can come back from any deficit.

Miami wins series 4-0.

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New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs

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As you can already tell, the Knicks and Heat are my favorites to win the Eastern Conference with no other team really coming close except maybe the Indiana Pacers. This would be an interesting matchup between two veteran teams, however the Spurs are a bit more experienced.

Spurs win series 4-3.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

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The San Antonio Spurs are, again, one of the conference's favorites to make the NBA title series. In this matchup, it will be interesting to see a solid defense playing an almost-unstoppable offense. They say defense wins championships, but I beg to differ in this case.

Heat win series 4-1.

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