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In a few short hours, the NBA Playoffs will kick-off with the Wizards/Cavaliers Game 1 (12 PM ET). So, I thought I would share my last minute Playoff Predictions, with a ssentence or two on why they'll win.
The Pistons are going to sweep the Sixers, like the Celtics. I don't have the Pistons going to the Eastern Conference finals, but they are a great team, and will have no trouble beating out the seventh seeded Sixers.
Dwight Howard is on a mission, and that's to win the championship, obviously. The Eastern Conference is a weak conference, so I don't see there being any first round upsets.
Like I said, sorry, but there won't be any first round upsets in the East. The closest there will be to an upset is the Cavs/Wizards series.
The Mavs have really struggled this season, having ups and downs throughout the regular season. I believe that Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs will have a second consecutive early departure in the Playoffs this year, falling to New Orleans in 6.
Being without Yao in the playoffs will hurt the Rockets, although they did make it here without him. This series will go into 7 games, but Utah will come out the winner.
(1) Celtics over (4) Cavaliers
LeBron's quest for another Eastern Conference Championship ends here. The Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce tandem will be too much for King James to defend.
(3) Magic over (2) Pistons
(1) Lakers over (4) Jazz
The Jazz just aren't talented enough to beat out the number 1 seed in the strong Western Conference. Kobe leads LA to a 4 games to 2 victory.
(6) Suns over (2) Hornets
New Orleans just doesn't have enough playoff experience to knock off the veteran Suns. CP may be a great player (and is an MVP candidate), but I don't think he has enough experience to knock off the Big Cactus, and the Canadien (Steve Nash).
(1) Celtics over (3) Magic
The Celtics have been the NBA's best team to many people since they signed KG, and Ray Allen over the offseason. Now, it's time for them to prove it. Boston wins the Eastern conference, and will play in the NBA Finals! What a surprise.
(1) Lakers over (6) Suns
Shaq and Kobe meet again. Kobe Bryant, once again, shows O'Neal up by defeating his Suns in 6 games.
2008 NBA Finals:
I am pulling for a classic Celts/Lakers NBA Finals. That would be pretty fun to watch. I believe it's Kobe's year, and he will go on to lead the Lakers from LA to another Championship.
(1) Lakers over (1) Celtics in 7 games
Kobe has had a monster year, and although some of you guys aren't believers, I believe he can do it, and beat out the Eastern Conference Champs, and NBA Finals favorites.
LA is your 2008 NBA Champions
MVP: Kobe Bryant
There you have it, BBB15's NBA Playoff Predictions for the year 2008.