What does the first round of the playoffs and the NBA Playoff Picture look like?

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NBA Playoff Picture

1st round

Western Conference

1 Spurs vs 8 Lakers or Jazz

The Spurs played part of the season without Tony Parker. They will win by a landslide. The Lakers are like the Red Sox of the NBA. They bought a lot of players, but the players are not performing. They should've traded Dwight Howard earlier.

The Jazz just don't have a star player to win.

2 Thunder vs 7 Rockets

The Thunder have 2 excellent star players: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder are my pick to go to the finals from the Western Conference. The Thunder will dominate. The Rockets have a lot of talent, but they are young. They can definitely make the playoffs in the following years.

3 Clippers vs 6 Warriors

The Clippers have Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. But don't forget about Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut. With excellent rebounding by David Lee and Andrew Bogut and superb shooting in Stephen Curry, I like the Warriors chances. Don't get me wrong; the Clippers have a good chance with Chris Paul throwing dimes and Blake Griffin slamming it. I say this ones an upset and Warriors win. This one will be close. But the Clippers have to watch out, the Nuggets might pull ahead and clinch the 3rd seed.

4 Nuggets vs 5 Grizzlies

This one should be another close one. Faried's specialty is offensive rebounding. That is a rare skill in the NBA. That should give the Nuggets a huge advantage. You don't go against a team that won 15 games in a row. The Nuggets take this one.

Eastern Conference

1 Heat vs 8 Bucks

The Heat won 27 games. You can't go against them. Lebron James is sure too get MVP. This will not be close at all. Heat win easily. The Bucks will be lucky to make it to the playoffs with a losing record. My pick to win the finals is the Heat. It looks like a rematch of last years finals.

2 Knicks vs 7 Celtics

Both of these teams are aging. The Knicks are the oldest team in the NBA. They both have good players though. The Knicks take this one. The Knicks have Carmelo Anthony, one of the leading scorers. The Celtics really need new players if they want to win another finals.

3 Pacers vs 6 Hawks

In the first matchup it wasn't close. The hawks didn't look like they were doing anything against the Pacers in the first matchup. Pacers take this one.

4 Nets vs 5 Bulls

The Bulls beat the Miami Heat to end their 27 game winning streak. It's hard to beat the Heat, but it's even harder when they are on a 27 game winning streak. They also did it without their star players, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. I think the Bulls should have a easy time because Rose and Noah. This is the last matchup of the NBA Playoff Picture. Bulls take this one easy.

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