Indiana vs Atlanta
If Atlanta's perimeter guys get hot and stay hot from outside, and the Pacers fail to utilize their size advantage, the Hawks can win.
Because Indiana is still a powerhouse defensive team, & Atlanta is average on both offense & defense, the Pacers will win.
Pacers in 5
Miami vs Charlotte
If Al Jefferson turns into Wilt Chamberlain and dominates Miami up front, with post play and on the boards, the Bobcats can win.
Because this series is tailor made for LBJ, the Heat will not have trouble advancing. Expect several nuclear explosions from the King, who may be pissed that he's not the MVP this year.
Heat in 4
Toronto vs Brooklyn
If Toronto can run and gun with Lowry & DeRozan, and out-athlete the Nets, they can win. They do have the right antidote because Brooklyn is now oriented from the outside-in.
Because Brooklyn is full of playoff scarred vets, all primed for the money season, they'll move on.
Nets in 6
Chicago vs Washington
If Wall & Beal play with confidence and focus, and Nene is healthy enough to overpower Noah, they can upset the Bulls.
Because Coach Thibodeau will have the perfect defensive strategy for Washington, exploiting their impatience, the Bulls will advance to the next round.
Bulls in 6
San Antonio vs Dallas
If Dirk Nowizki reverts to his MVP peak, averages 30 & 15, & Ellis wreaks havoc, and their defense controls Parker, without doubling Duncan or leaving the Sharpshooters around the perimeter, Dallas can steal this series.
Because San Antonio is utterly the superior team in every regard, and they're built to destroy Dallas, it'll be a sweep.
Spurs in 4
Oklahoma City vs Memphis
If Z-Bo & Gasol the Younger control the interior & their outside shooters hit consistently, they can steal the series.
Because KD & Rusty are two of the best players in this series, as well as the best duo in the league, Oklahoma City will not break a sweat more than once.
Thunder in 5
Los Angeles vs Golden State
If the Splash Brothers hit everything & David Lee competently replaces the injured Bogut, they can steal this series.
Because Coach Rivers has successfully changed the team's mindset & has them focusing on defense & half court plays, and Griffin has become the best player, they will advance.
Clippers in 5
Houston vs Portland
If Howard controls both ends of the floor & Harden produces efficiently as the go to guy, they can win the series.
Because Aldridge & Lillard will out score Howard & Harden, Portland will survive this series.
Blazers in 7