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In search of Larry O'Brien: 2015 NBA Playoffs

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(L)Eastern Conference Pairings:

(1)Hawks vs. (8)Nets

(2)Cavaliers vs. (7)Celtics

(3)Bulls vs. (6)Bucks

(4)Raptors vs. (5)Wizards

(B)Estern Conference Pairings:

(1)Warriors vs. (8)Pelicans

(2)Rockets vs. (7)Mavericks

(3)Clippers vs. (6)Spurs

(4)Trail Blazers vs. (5)Grizzlies

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Some pretty intriguing matchups! I think this should turn out to be a pretty exciting playoffs. Here's my picks:

First Round

Golden State 4, New Orleans 1

Portland 4, Memphis 3

San Antonio 4, LA Clippers 2

Houston 4, Dallas 1

Atlanta 4, Brooklyn 0

Toronto 4, Washington 2

Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2

Cleveland 4, Boston 0

Second Round

Golden State 4, Portland 2

Houston 4, San Antonio 3

Atlanta 4, Toronto 2

Cleveland 4, Milwaukee 1

Conference Finals

Golden State 4, Houston 3

Atlanta 4, Cleveland 2

NBA Finals

Golden State 4, Atlanta 3

Finals MVP: Klay Thompson, GS

I feel we're going to get the Finals matchup that's been touted all year, but that the whole playoffs will be a fight to the end for quite a few matchups. I fully expect a GS-ATL Finals to be one of the best in recent memory if it happens.

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Topic title wise, the NBA threads have a long way to go to catch with the hockey threads.

Go Warriors and/or Hawks and/or Raptors

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Oomph.

WESTERN

Warriors over Pelicans in 5 (Davis will have one monster game but Warriors just have too much)

Houston over Dallas in 6 (Carlise will make the Rockets sweat for a bit)

Spurs over Clippers in 7 (an absolute throwdown)

Memphis over Portland in 5 (Best matchup for the beat-up Grizzlies)

Spurs over Houston in 6 (Experience checks out)

Warriors over Memphis in 4 (Way too overwhelming)

Warriors over Spurs in 6 (THIS CRASHES MY HEART; Game 6 could very well be Timmy's last game ever)

EASTERN

Hawks over Nets in 5 (A fluke win)

Cleveland over Boston in 5 (keep in mind that this is the first playoff series for Love and Irving)

Chicago over Milwaukee in 5 (a bit of a slog)

Washington over Toronto in 6 (two upstarts that settled on mediocrity pretty fast)

Cleveland over Chicago in 7 (Derrick Rose will come alive but it just won't be enough)

Atlanta over Washington in 5 (pretty easy lockdown)

Cleveland over Atlanta in 6 (sigh...this has seemed inevitable since February)

NBA FINALS

Golden State over Cleveland in 5 (this is going to be a clinic)

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There are a lot of potentially fun stories and new faces in the playoffs. That's pretty cool, actually.

However...

Spurs/Cavs in I don't care how many games, because the NBA is ultimately a soul-crushing machine

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First Round

Golden State 4, New Orleans 1
Memphis 4, Portland 2

San Antonio 4, LA Clippers 2
Houston 4, Dallas 2

Atlanta 4, Brooklyn 0
Washington 4, Toronto 3

Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2
Cleveland 4, Boston 0

Second Round

San Antonio 4, Memphis 2

Golden State 4, Houston 2

Atlanta 4, Washington 2
Cleveland 4, Chicago 2

Conference Finals

Golden State 4, San Antonio 3 (Whoever wins this takes the title, could go either way, but I think GS gets the slight edge)
Cleveland 4, Atlanta 2

NBA Finals

Golden State 4, Cleveland 2
Finals MVP: Steph Curry, GS

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Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland

It's not like I'm going to jinx them, they're more than likely going to get bounced by the Hawks in the Conf. finals anyways.

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Everyone's calling upset on HOU/DAL and TOR/WSH, so naturally the higher seeded team will win each series in six games max.

Clippers will beat San Antonio in the first round.

LeBron comes out of the East once again.

Golden State will win it all.

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Searching for Larry O'Brien? I consulted the Google and you might not like my results ...

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My picks

First Round:

Atlanta 4, Brooklyn 0

Washington 4, Toronto 3

Chicago 4, Milwaukee 0

Cleveland 4, Boston 0

Golden State 4, New Orleans 1

Portland 4, Memphis 3

San Antonio 4, Los Angeles 2

Houston 4, Dallas 2

Second Round

Atlanta 4, Washington 2

Cleveland 4, Chicago 2

Golden State 4, Portland 1

Houston 4, San Antonio 1

Conference Finals

Cleveland 4, Atlanta 3

Houston 4, Golden State 3

Finals

Houston 4, Cleveland 3

Finals MVP: James Harden, HOU

Because Golden State is too obvious of a pick.

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Okay, but seriously ...

Western Conference

FIRST ROUND

(1) Golden State vs. (8) New Orleans - GS, 4-0

(4) Portland vs. (5) Memphis - MEM, 4-2

(2) Houston vs. (7) Dallas - HOU, 4-1

(3) L.A.Clippers vs. (6) San Antonio - SA, 4-2

SEMI-FINALS

(1) Golden State vs. (5) Memphis - GS, 4-3

(2) Houston vs. (6) San Antonio - SA, 4-2

CONFERENCE FINALS

(1) Golden State vs. (6) San Antonio - GS, 4-2

Eastern Conference

FIRST ROUND

(1) Atlanta vs. (8) Brooklyn - ATL, 4-1

(4) Toronto vs. (5) Washington - TOR, 4-3

(2) Cleveland vs. (7) Boston - CLE, 4-2

(3) Chicago vs. (6) Milwaukee - CHI, 4-2

SEMI-FINALS

(1) Atlanta vs. (4) Toronto - ATL, 4-1

(2) Cleveland vs. (3) Chicago - CLE, 4-3

CONFERENCE FINALS

(1) Atlanta vs. (2) Cleveland - CLE, 4-2

NBA FINALS

(1) Golden State vs. (2) Cleveland - GS, 4-3

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Let's take a stab at this. Should be one of the most entertaining NBA Playoffs in some time with all the fresh contenders in the picture

East

Hawks in 5 (I'm just happy the Nets got into another playoff, even if it's as half-assed as they did)

Cavs in 5

Bulls in 5

Raptors in 7

West

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Rockets in 6

Spurs in 6

Grizzlies in 7

Warriors over Spurs in 6

Hawks over Cavs in 7

Warriors over Hawks in the NBA Finals in 5

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I still cannot believe the Celtics got in. Brad Stevens is too good.

I did kinda wanna tank for a shot at Okafor, but honestly we're really close to be competitive very soon. Acquiring Thomas was a master stroke.

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House buzzcut's NBA playoff predictions:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals:

Hawks over Nets in 5

Raptors over Wizards in 7

Cavaliers over Celtics in 5

Bulls over Bucks in 7

Eastern Conference Semifinals:

Hawks over Raptors in 7

Cavaliers over Bulls in 6

Eastern Conference Finals:

Cavaliers over Hawks in 5

Western Conference Quarterfinals:

Warriors over Pelicans in 5

Grizzlies over Trail Blazers in 7

Rockets over Mavericks in 6

Spurs sweep Clippers

Western Conference Semifinals:

Warriors over Grizzlies in 6

Spurs sweep Rockets

Western Conference Finals:

Spurs sweep Warriors

NBA FINALS

Spurs sweep Cavaliers(after this, Tim Duncan finally retires.)

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Cleveland over Golden State in 7.

Raptors win first round in 7, lose second round in 6.

Let's play the feud!

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First Round

Western Conference

(1) Golden State Warriors over (8) New Orleans Pelicans in 6

(5) Memphis Grizzlies over (4) Portland Trail Blazers in 7

(3) Los Angeles Clippers over (6) San Antonio Spurs in 6

(7) Dallas Mavericks over (2) Houston Rockets in 6

Eastern Conference

(1) Atlanta Hawks over (8) Brooklyn Nets in 5

(5) Washington Wizards over (4) Toronto Raptors in 6

(3) Chicago Bulls over (6) Milwaukee Bucks in 4

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers over (7) Boston Celtics in 5

Conference Semifinals

Western Conference

(5) Memphis Grizzlies over (1) Golden State Warriors in 6

(3) Los Angeles Clippers over (7) Dallas Mavericks in 7

Eastern Conference

(5) Washington Wizards over (1) Atlanta Hawks in 7

(3) Chicago Bulls over (2) Cleveland Cavaliers in 7

Conference Finals

Western Conference

(3) Los Angeles Clippers over (5) Memphis Grizzlies in 6

Eastern Conference

(3) Chicago Bulls over (5) Washington Wizards in 6

The NBA Finals

(3) Los Angeles Clippers over (3) Chicago Bulls in 6

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The Bulls won't make it out of round 1.

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Thank goodness for the Bucks and Celtics in that bracket format. Red and blue everywhere.

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