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Round 2 Preview

Monday, May 03, 2010

Round 1 came to a halt on Sunday when the Hawks finally put away the Bucks. It looked for a minute like the Hawks weren't going to get out of the first round, but they turned things around to take Game 6 at Milwaukee, and then easily take Game 7 at Atlanta. The Lakers and Cavaliers are quickly off to a 1-0 lead in their second-round matchups.

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First Round Results


No. 1 Cavaliers vs. No. 8 Bulls
Prediction: Cavs 4-1, Reality: Cavs 4-1

No. 2 Magic vs. No. 7 Bobcats
Prediction: Magic 4-1, Reality: Magic 4-0

No. 3 Hawks vs. No. 6 Bucks
Prediction: Hawks 4-2, Reality: Hawks 4-3

No. 4 Celtics vs. No. 5 Heat
Prediction: Celtics 4-2, Reality: Celtics 4-1


No. 1 Lakers vs. No. 8 Thunder
Prediction: Lakers 4-0, Reality: Lakers 4-2

No. 2 Mavericks vs. No. 7 Spurs
Prediction: Mavericks (incorrect) 4-3, Reality: Spurs 4-2

No. 3 Suns vs. No. 6 Blazers
Prediction: Suns 4-1, Reality: Suns 4-2

No. 4 Nuggets vs. No. 5 Jazz
Prediction: Jazz 4-3 (upset pick), Reality: Jazz 4-2

Round 2 Semifinals Predictions

Round 2

I made these predictions prior to the playoffs starting, and stuck with them here.

Cavs vs. Celtics: Cavs 4-2

Cavs 4-2 was my original prediction at the start of the playoffs and I'm sticking with it. If I was re-doing it today, I think I'd go Cavs 4-3, but then again, it's possible they could end up sweeping the Celtics, although I doubt that's going to happen. The Cavs got off to a 1-0 lead with a tough win on Saturday, as LeBron James put up another ridiculous line and didn't show any problems with his elbow – which the world is sick of hearing about (sorry @Lebronselbow). This series is going to be very entertaining, but I still think LeBron just makes too much of a difference for the Cavs, as long as he stays healthy. Shaquille O'Neal and Mo Williams played well in Game 1, and will have to continue to do so if the Cavs are going to take this series in six games.

Magic vs. Hawks: Magic 4-2

Since 4-2 was my original pick, I'll stick with it. But honestly, after watching the Hawks against the Bucks, I don't have much faith in them right now. Their lack of a center is a big problem, and team chemistry/coaching seems to possibly be another issue. Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Mike Bibby, Jamal Crawford and Marvin Williams will all probably have to play well on the same night for them to win a couple games, but I'm not holding my breath. 4-1 is probably more realistic, but this Hawks team is unpredictable, and could get hot and win a couple games. I'm guessing Dwight Howard puts his foul problems behind him and is the dominant force in this series, like he usually is when the Magic play the Hawks. The Hawks only beat them one time this season and it took a miracle dunk by Josh Smith to make it happen. And if Dwight's teammates are hitting their threes, this series could end in four games instead of six. But regardless of how well the Hawks play, I can't see them winning more than a couple games.

Lakers vs. Jazz: Lakers 4-2

The short-handed Jazz had a lead late in Game 1 on Sunday, but Kobe Bryant took over and Lamar Odom made some key plays to secure a late victory for the Lakers. People have written the Lakers off, especially after they struggled with the Thunder, but I think they'd have a more realistic chance of losing this series if they were playing San Antonio or Phoenix. Lakers in six sounds about right, as Utah is a tough place for a road team to get a win. With three of my eight players in a fantasy playoff league playing for the Jazz, I'm obviously rooting for them.

Spurs vs. Suns: Suns 4-3

I had the Mavericks playing the Suns, but the Spurs pulled off the upset over Dallas. The Spurs suddenly look great, as usual, and this series is going to be a dogfight. The Suns are pretty hot coming in too, and this is going to be another classic offense vs. defense battle. I'm taking the Suns in an upset, but don't feel all that confident in the pick. We'll see. If Jason Richardson and Amare Stoudemire stay hot, the Suns could easily pull this off. Since I have the Suns losing to the Cavs in the Finals, I'd like to see it happen. But I also wish the Suns were playing the Jazz, and we could let the Spurs and Lakers slug it out in this round.

Round 3 Conference Finals

Cavs vs. Magic: Cavs 4-3
Lakers vs. Suns: Suns 4-3 (upset)


Cavs vs. Suns: Cavs 4-3 to win it all.

All eight players I drafted in a fantasy playoff league made it out of the first round, and my team was the only one to have that kind of luck. I've got Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Carlos Boozer, Wesley Matthews, C.J. Miles and Matt Barnes. Obviously, I'm going to lose my Spurs or Suns in this round, so I really need the Jazz to upset the Lakers. The Jazz are in a 0-1 hole early, so my chances don't look great. We'll see.

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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