2012 NBA Playoffs Predictions

The NBA playoffs are here and it is time for my predictions. My team, the New York Knicks are in as the 7 seed in the East and will take on the 2 seed Miami Heat in the first round. This will arguably be the best series of the first round. It also is the hardest series for me to pick. The Heat swept the Knicks in the season series, 3-0. This time the Knicks are rolling on all cylinders, with a beast at center to play defense in Tyson Chandler, an elite scorer in Carmelo Anthony, and Amar’e Stoudemire is back. The Knicks also possess one of the top benches in the NBA led by J.R. Smith and Steve Novak. I will say that I do like the Knicks bench more than the Heat, but it all rests on the starting five. Can Amar’e Stoudemire perform like he did during the 2010-2011 regular season? Can he play some defense and contain Chris Bosh? Stoudemire is one x-factor for the Knicks, as if Smith. If Stoudemire gets in foul trouble or struggles, Smith has to become a lethal scorer off the bench, and we all know he can score a lot, even with just being a bench player.

On to the other series’ now. We have a Western Conference Finals rematch, between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks won that series last year, en route to the NBA Championship. The 1 seed Chicago Bulls take on the 8 seed Philadelphia 76ers to tip-off the 2012 playoffs. The other 1 seed, the San Antonio Spurs take on the other 8 seed, the Utah Jazz, in what looks like a bit of a lopsided matchup in my eyes. The LA teams, the Lakers and Clippers, are both in as 3 and 5 seeds, respectively. The Clips go to Memphis to take on the tough Grizzlies and the Lakers host the Melo-less Nuggets. Then you have a Celtics-Hawks and Pacers-Magic series’ in the East too.

It is now time for my 2012 NBA Playoff Predictions. Leave a comment if you agree or disagree.

East Quarterfinals:
1 Chicago Bulls defeat 8 Philadelphia 76ers, 4-0.
2 Miami Heat defeat 7 New York Knicks, 4-2.
3 Indiana Pacers defeat 6 Orlando Magic, 4-1.
4 Boston Celtics defeat 5 Atlanta Hawks, 4-2.

West Quarterfinals:
1 San Antonio Spurs defeat 8 Utah Jazz, 4-1.
2 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 7 Dallas Mavericks, 4-2.
3 Los Angeles Lakers defeat 6 Denver Nuggets, 4-1.
4 Memphis Grizzlies defeat 5 Los Angeles Clippers, 4-3.

East Semifinals:
1 Chicago Bulls defeat 4 Boston Celtics, 4-2.
2 Miami Heat defeat 3 Indiana Pacers, 4-1.

West Semifinals:
1 San Antonio Spurs defeat 4 Memphis Grizzlies, 4-3.
2 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 3 Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3.

East Finals:
1 Chicago Bulls defeat 2 Miami Heat, 4-3.

West Finals:
2 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 1 San Antonio Spurs, 4-2.

NBA Finals:
2 Oklahoma City Thunder defeat 1 Chicago Bulls, 4-3.

Thunder F Kevin Durant wins Finals MVP.  

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