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NBA Playoffs Second Round: Matchups and Predictions

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First round of the NBA Playoffs has been settled and here’s a look at the remaining teams battling it out in the Semifinals of the NBA:

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Western Conference

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (5) Portland Trailblazers

Regular Season:
11/02/2013 @ Portland
Blazers win over Spurs (115 – 105)

01/17/2014 @ San Antonio
Blazers win over Spurs (109 – 100)

02/19/2014 @ Portland
Spurs win over Blazers (109 – 111)

03/12/2014 @ San Antonio
Spurs win over Blazers (103 – 90)

Key Matchups:
(SA) Tony Parker vs (POR) Damian Lillard

Why Spurs Would Win

  • Defense
  • Experience
  • Coaching
  • Bench Productivity

Why Blazers Would Win

  • Offense
  • Breakout performances from Aldridge and Lillard

Prediction: Spurs in 7 Games


(2) Oklahoma Thunder vs (3) Los Angeles Clippers

Regular Season:
11/13/2013 @ Los Angeles
Clippers 111 – Thunder 103

11/21/2013 @ Oklahoma
Thunder 105 – Clippers 91

02/23/2014 @ Oklahoma
Clippers 125 – Thunder 117

04/09/2014 @ Los Angeles
Thunder 107 – Clippers 101

Key Matchups:
(LAC) DeAndre Jordan vs (OKC) Serge Ibaka

Why Thunder Would Win

  • Clippers does not have a good matchup against Kevin Durant
  • Impressive performance from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook
  • Steve Adams mess with Blake Griffin on defense

Why Clippers Would Win

  • Blake Griffin is a nightmare matchup for Thunder
  • Chris Paul would outplay Russell Westbrook
  • Clippers bench scoring

Prediction: Clippers in 6 Games


 

Eastern Conference

(1) Indiana Pacers vs (5) Washington Wizards

Regular Season
11/29/2013 @ Indiana
Pacers 93 – Wizards 73

01/10/2014 @ Indiana
Pacers 93 – Wizards 66

03/28/2014 @ Washington
Wizards 91 – Pacers 78

Key Matchups:
(IND) Paul George vs (WAS) Bradley Beal

Why Pacers Would Win

  • Deliberate Offense
  • Coaching
  • Inside Play

Why Wizards Would Win

  • Fastbreak
  • Capitalize on Pacers slump
  • Defense

Prediction: Wizards in 6 Games


(2) Miami Heat vs (6) Brooklyn Nets

Regular Season
11/01/2013 @ Brooklyn
Nets 101 – Heat 100

01/10/2014 @ Brooklyn
Nets 104 – Heat 95

03/12/2014 @ Miami
Nets 96 – Heat 95

04/08/2014 @ Miami
Nets 88 – Heat 87

Key Matchups:
(MIA) Lebron James vs (BKN) Paul Pierce

Why Heat Would Win

  • Lebron plays at a different level on the playoffs
  • Stifling small ball defense
  • Experience

Why Nets Would Win

  • Capitalize on regular season success
  • Resurgence of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the playoffs
  • Balanced scoring

Prediction: Heat in 5 Games

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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
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